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Editorial Reviews


"all the contributions are excellent...This reviewer could not exaggerate the importance of this book in understanding the issues shaping the development of the Chinese navy."
--Richard Desjardins (Canadian civil servant), Joint Force Quarterly 57.2 (2010): 132-33.

"[the authors] have described the drivers of China's quest for a limited power projection capability--and they did so well before Beijing's December 2008 decision to deploy a series of task groups to the Gulf of Aden...."
--Scott W. Bray (the U.S. Navy's Senior Intelligence Officer for China), "Turning to the Sea... This Time to Stay," Book Review Essay, Asia Policy 9 (January 2010): 167-72.

"...the book is superb, rich in information and subtle analysis, and should be of interest to all students of geopolitics."
--Arthur Waldron, Pacific Affairs 82.2 (Summer 2009): 328-30.

"The editors achieve their task of examining China's energy security and naval modernization and their impact on Sino-American relations. ...this book is highly recommended."
--Andrew Forbes, International Journal of Maritime History (December 2008): 478-79.

"...this is an invaluable book for anyone wanting to understand China's economy in general and its maritime strategy in particular."
--David N. Griffiths, Canadian Naval Review 4.3 (Fall 2008): 42-43.

Comprehensive, diverse and essential for national security professionals a subject we must understand clearly for our Asia-Pacific future. -- Admiral Thomas B. Fargo,, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

China's Energy Strategy is a necessary read for anyone interested in the future of the People's Republic of China's energy development and its strategic implications for the U.S., with particular attention to maritime development in both countries. The book tackles the prospects for China's energy development in a remarkably comprehensive, nuanced fashion. It evaluates Chinese perspectives and prospects, analyzes the PRC's capabilities in each relevant global region, and dissects the PLA Navy's capabilities with respect to energy security issues. The authors, including those writing for the final section, which analyzes the implications for U.S. policy, carefully identify inevitable uncertainties and analytical disagreements. On balance, the book stresses the room for U.S.-China energy cooperation in the maritime domain. Importantly, it provides the rich array of data and analysis necessary for readers to develop their own deeply informed perspectives on this issue. -- Dr. Kenneth Lieberthal, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan and former Senior Director for Asia on the National Security Council

This book is a comprehensive assessment of China's overall and maritime energy security strategies; as important, it provides clear and detailed guides to judge the nature of future Chinese naval developments and overall Chinese security strategy. -- Admiral Dennis Blair, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

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" is a relief to read a mass of carefully considered common sense such as is contained in this fine book. It is refreshing to be reminded that so many of America's military, especially naval, intellectuals can be so clear headed and rational. ...Defence planners and warriors who are currently or likely to be involved in the Indo-Pacific regions should study this book very carefully."
--Ships & Shipping (July 2009): 38.
"The importance of the energy factor in politics today can hardly be called into question. ... How much does... energy affect... military doctrine? How does the energy vulnerability of the state influence the modernization of the army? As far as China is concerned, these questions are answered at the beginning of the complex research by Gabriel Collins, Andrew Erickson, Lyle Goldstein, and William Murray.... This approach makes the book... exciting reading and gives a lot of food for thought and discussion. The authors are fellows of the U.S. Naval [War] College and are famous for their studies on various aspects of China's energy strategy, including its impact on [the] maritime strategy of the country."
--Yevgeny Petelin, "Energy at the Edge of War and Peace," Security Index 87.15 (Spring 2009): 147-49.
"a book that analyses the consequences of China drawing upon much of the world's remaining oil reserves for its exclusive use is bound to raise the interest of the reader.... 20 renowned (U.S.) experts in the fields of economics, energy, sinology, and naval strategy analyse Chinese reactions to what they perceive to the 'Malacca Dilemma,' this book fascinates its reader ... it is this mix expressed that makes the value of the book. It does not 'con the reader into a conclusion,' and knowing the Naval War College and the Naval Institute Press they do not attempt to do so. ... readers and analysts should assess the diverse views expressed in the studies to come to personal conclusions... There are so many highly interesting topics discussed in the studies (which cannot all be listed even by headline only in this review...), that I can only recommend reading this book."
--Wolfgang Legien, Editor-in-Chief, Naval Forces; former Director of Politico-Military Affairs, Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, Naval Forces: The International Forum for Maritime Power 29.4 (April 2008): 146.

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Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and a core founding member of the department's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He serves on the Naval War College Review's Editorial Board. Since 2008, he has been an Associate in Research at Harvard University's John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Erickson is also an expert contributor to the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report (中国实时报), for which he has authored or coauthored thirty-one articles.

Erickson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2012, the National Bureau of Asian Research awarded him the inaugural Ellis Joffe Prize for PLA Studies. During academic year 2010-11, Erickson was a Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program in residence at Harvard's Center for Government and International Studies. From 2008-11, he was a Fellow in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program, and served as a scholar escort on a five-Member Congressional trip to China. He has also helped escort the Commander of China's Navy and his delegation on a visit to Harvard, and worked to help establish a bilateral naval officer exchange program.

Erickson has taught courses at NWC and Yonsei University. He advises a wide range of student research and theses at NWC, Harvard, and other institutions; and provides curricular inputs to NWC and other schools. In 2013, while deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard USS Nimitz, he delivered twenty-five hours of presentations. Erickson has lectured extensively at government, academic, and private sector institutions throughout the United States and Asia. He has briefed the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations and his Executive Panel, as well as the Secretary of the Navy, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, other Executive Branch officials, and multiple Members of Congress; and testified before the House Armed Services Committee and U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has provided inputs for, and reviews of, various government programs and reports.

Erickson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations and comparative politics from Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in history and political science. He has studied Mandarin in the Princeton in Beijing program at Beijing Normal University's College of Chinese Language and Culture; and Japanese language, politics, and economics in the year-long Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University. Erickson previously worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Chinese translator and technical analyst. He gained early experience working briefly at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. Proficient in Mandarin Chinese and conversant in Japanese, he has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in China, Japan, and Korea.

Erickson's research--which focuses on Asia-Pacific defense, international relations, technology, and resource issues--has been published widely in English- and Chinese-language edited volumes and in such peer-reviewed journals as China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China (forthcoming), Asian Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, Asia Policy, Pacific Focus, China Security, and Acta Astronautica; as well as in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly (forthcoming), The National Interest, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, Joint Force Quarterly, IHS Jane's, China International Strategy Review (Chinese- and English-language editions), and International and Strategic Studies Report (Center for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University). Erickson has also published annotated translations of several Chinese articles on maritime strategy. His coauthored Foreign article, "Not-So-Empty Talk: The Danger of China's 'New Type of Great-Power Relations' Slogan," has been read widely in U.S. and Asian policy circles. Most recently, Erickson's RealClearDefense piece "What Sort of Navy America Needs" registered 60,000 page views in its first 24 hours online.

Erickson is the author of Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development (2013). National Defense University Press recently published his coauthored book, Assessing China's Cruise Missile Ambitions (2014). He is coauthor of four additional volumes: Gulf of Aden Anti-Piracy and China's Maritime Commons Presence (Jamestown Foundation, forthcoming summer 2015) and Charting China's International Security Activism (Center for a New American Security, May 2015), as well as of the CMSI monographs Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (2013) and Chinese Mine Warfare (2009). Erickson is editor of Proceedings of the 47th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics (held in Beijing, 2013). He is coeditor of, and a contributor to, eight volumes: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (2014); the five-volume Naval Institute Press book series, "Studies in Chinese Maritime Development," comprising Chinese Aerospace Power (2011), China, the U.S., and 21st Century Sea Power (2010), China Goes to Sea (2009), China's Energy Strategy (2008), and China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force (2007); as well as the CMSI volume China's Near Seas Combat Capabilities (2014), and the Naval War College Newport Paper China's Nuclear Force Modernization (2005).

Erickson's work has been cited widely in scholarly publications and reports from the U.S. government and think tanks such as RAND and the Brookings Institution. He has been quoted extensively in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online sources, including Wired, Bloomberg, The BBC, The Economist, and The New York Times. Erickson's work is also featured in a broad range of television, radio, and Internet forums. He has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, and the John Batchelor Show.

Erickson is co-founder of China SignPost™ 洞察中国 (, a research newsletter and web portal that covers key developments in Greater China, with particular focus on natural resource, technology, industry, and trade issues. He has coauthored 80 China SignPost™ reports. Links to these, and his other publications, can be found at China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国 (, a website that posts and curates analyses, many based on Chinese-language sources not previously assessed by foreign observers, to offer insights into China and its impact on the world.


China's military and foreign policy
Japan/Asia-Pacific security and international relations
Chinese defense science, technology, and industry
Maritime and aerospace technology development, history and current status
Energy, resources, and geostrategy
Military basing and power projection
Sino-American relations and contemporary policy issues

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