One of the most intriguing questions about the People’s Republic of China (PRC) today is whether its communist government does or does not have the “ambition” to acquire a blue-water navy. If building an oceangoing fleet is among Beijing’s long-term goals, then China may one day become a dan- gerous peer competitor of the United States. If so, a future Sino-U.S. mari- time conflict is possible; if not, Wash- ington’s primarily maritime power and Beijing’s primarily continental power need never meet in battle.
"The Geopolitics of East Asia: The Search for Equilibrium, by Robyn LimChinese Grand Strategy and Maritime Power,"
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