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The prospect of China's access to naval facilities in Burma and the ramifications for regional stability

Author: Victor A Chin; Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Publisher: Monterey, California : Naval Postgraduate School, 2007.
Dissertation: Thesis (M.A. in National Security Affairs)--Naval Postgraduate School, June 2007.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : National government publication : English
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This thesis examines the prospect of the People's Liberation Army Navy to gain access to naval facilities in Burma and the implications for the Asia-Pacific region. With much of China's energy resources sailing through the Strait of Malacca, Burma is in a strategic position to affect China's energy security design. If China were given access to port facilities in Burma to service the expanding Chinese naval  Read more...
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victor A Chin; Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 156949240
Notes: Thesis Advisor(s): Malley, Michael ; Miller, Alice L.
"June 2007."
Author subject(s): China, Burma, ASEAN, India, Japan, South Korea, Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia, PLAN, Navy, Sea Lines of Communication, energy, oil, military, regional cooperation, modernization
Description based on title screen as viewed on February 15, 2011.
DTIC Descriptor(s): Stability, security, naval shore facilities, China, Burma, foreign policy, theses, ports(facilities), Asia, military modernization, fleets(ships), military forces(foreign), naval vessels
DTIC Indentifier(s): Maritime security, Asia-Pacific, regional stability, PLA(People's Liberation Army), PLA navy, naval facilities
Description: xii, 83 p. : ill., col. maps ; 28 cm.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.; System requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.
Responsibility: Victor A. Chin.

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This thesis examines the prospect of the People's Liberation Army Navy to gain access to naval facilities in Burma and the implications for the Asia-Pacific region. With much of China's energy resources sailing through the Strait of Malacca, Burma is in a strategic position to affect China's energy security design. If China were given access to port facilities in Burma to service the expanding Chinese naval fleet, it would give PLAN the ability to control maritime trade routes as well as the ability to command strategic chokepoints along those routes jeopardizing the security interests of the maritime powers that depend on these waters. The increase in PLAN's capabilities could generate an uncertain climate and prompt a build up of rival naval powers in the region. This thesis will argue that although the PLA Navy will be able to ply China's extended sea lines of communication with the help of Burmese naval facilities, the Chinese naval vessels have not attained sufficient modernization to pose a major threat to the United States or the regional powers. It is also unlikely China would challenge the U.S., the current guarantor of freedom of navigation, for dominance of the sea. The danger will come from the regional instability caused by the naval arms race to counter the expanded capabilities of the PLA Navy.

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