In its official documents, China has defined what it means by the term maritime great power and has laid out how it intends to achieve that status, becoming the world’s “main maritime power” by 2049.
"Underway—Beijing’s Strategy to Build China into a Maritime Great Power,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 71
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol71/iss2/5