China pursues its security through interior strategies that involve the develop- ment of rings of security around central areas of national interest. The Chi- nese have long felt vulnerable from the sea, and their current maritime strategy seeks to reduce that vulnerability by extending a ring of maritime control around China’s periphery. China pursues this control through a combination of force- structure development and legal assertions.
Dutton, Peter A.
"China’s Maritime Disputes in the East and South China Seas,"
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