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China's dynamic shipbuilding sector now has the attention of key decision makers in Washington. During testimony before the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives on 13 December 2007, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Gary Roughead observed, "The fact that our shipbuilding capacity and industry is not as competitive as other builders around the world is cause for concern." Pointing directly to Beijing's new prowess in this area, he concluded, "[China is] very competitive on the world market. There is no question that their shipbuilding capability is increasing rapidly." The present study aims to present a truly comprehensive survey of this key sector of the growing Chinese economy. In doing so, it will provide decision makers and analysts with the clearest possible picture of the extraordinary pace of activity now under way in China's ports, as well as the commercial and strategic implications flowing from this development.
China Maritime Studies institute, U.S naval War College
Newport, Rhode Island
China Maritime Studies, Shipbuilding Industry, China, Economics
Collins, Gabriel and Grubb, Michael C., "A Comprehensive Survey of China's Dynamic Shipbuilding Industry" (2008). CMSI Red Books, Study No. 1.