Prof Hu Bo will introduce the opportunities and challenges for China’s maritime rise, share what he sees as China’s three major goals for becoming a maritime power based on necessity and feasibility, and analyzing the meaning and influence of this rise for China, the East Asia and the World. The main points of this presentation are from his latest book Chinese Maritime Power in the 21st Century (London, Routledge 2019). This book analyses China’s maritime strategy for the 21st century, integrating strategic planning, policy thinking and strategic prediction, explains the construction and application of China’s military, political, economic and diplomatic means for building maritime power, and predicts the future of China’s maritime power by 2049, as well as development trends in global maritime politics.
About the Speaker
Hu Bo is Director of the Center for Maritime Strategy Studies and Research Professor at the Institute of Ocean Research, Peking University. He is also Director of the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI). He received his PhD in Politics from the School of International Studies at Peking University and has extensive experience in policy analysis and consulting. His areas of specialization include maritime strategy, international security, and Chinese diplomacy. He has written three books and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters on topics related to China’s maritime strategy and policy. His most recent books are as follows: China’s Sea Power in the Post Mahan Era (Beijing, Ocean Press 2018); Chinese Maritime Power in the 21st Century（London, Routledge 2019).