Thursday, March 23, 2023
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street
Increasing tensions across the Taiwan Strait have prompted many strategists to debate the nature of China’s amphibious warfare capabilities. While it is often noted that Beijing’s armed forces lack major, recent experience in that domain, this research reveals that Chinese strategists have undertaken intensive and systematic investigation of foreign experiences, including with respect to the most classic cases, such as the Normandy invasion. This study represents a first attempt to survey such Chinese strategic writings. The presentation will also review relevant revelations from the Nov 2022 Pentagon report on Chinese military power.
Read Goldstein's recent Asian Security article, "The hard school of amphibious warfare: examining the lessons of the 20th century’s major amphibious campaigns for contemporary Chinese strategy."