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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591142415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591142416
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely the most important book on air and space power I ve had the pleasure to read. The power of this detailed survey is doubled because it presents both an intelligent American analysis and an insightful view of the Chinese perception of the situation. Our two nations have much in common, but the understanding this difference in perception is essential to our selection of our future alternatives. A must have book! --COL. WALTER J. BOYNE, USAF (RET.)former director of the National Air and Space Museum

Serves well as an introduction to advances in Chinese maritime aerospace technology, and will also reward experts looking for the latest update on these evolving capabilities. Many readers will be surprised by the extent of Chinese progress described by the contributors to this work. They detail the strategic and technical issues that are shaping the Chinese military establishment as it looks beyond the country s shores, and examine how it will develop in coming years and decades. --BRADLEY PERRETT, Asia-Pacific bureau chief, Aviation Week, Beijing

An excellent and very readable overview of China s impressive advances in almost every aspect of air and space operations. Not only have the Chinese developed impressive technical capabilities, but they have also given careful thought to the operational concepts associated with them. This is a must read for anyone with a concern for American or Chinese military affairs. --COL. JOHN A. WARDEN III, USAF (RET.), author of The Air Campaign

About the Author

Andrew S. Erickson and Lyle J. Goldstein are associate professors in the U.S. Naval War College s Strategic Research Department and founding members of its Chinese Maritime Studies Institute. They co-edited several other books including China, the United States, and 21st Century Sea Power and China Goes to Sea.

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Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a core founding member of the department's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). Since 2008, he has been an Associate in Research at Harvard University's John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Erickson also serves as 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 29 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 Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and Shanghai. He has also helped escort the Commander of China's Navy and his delegation on a visit to Harvard.

In addition to advising a wide range of student research and providing curricular inputs, Erickson has taught courses at the Naval War College and Yonsei University. In 2013, he deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard USS Nimitz (CVN68), Carrier Strike Group 11. 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, other Executive Branch officials, and multiple Members of Congress; and testified before the House Armed Services Committee (Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee) and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has provided inputs for, and reviews of, various government reports. Erickson previously worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Chinese translator and technical analyst. He has also worked 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 Japanese, he has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in China, Japan, and Korea.

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'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, Asian Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, Asia Policy, Pacific Focus, China Security, and Acta Astronautica; as well as in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, 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.

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 three additional volumes: a Jamestown Foundation study analyzing the impact of antipiracy deployments on China's blue water presence (forthcoming 2014) 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 the forthcoming Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics. 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. It is also featured in a broad range of television, radio, and Internet forums such as CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, and the John Batchelor Show. Erickson has been quoted extensively in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online sources, including Wired, Bloomberg, The Economist, and The New York Times.

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tech Historian on August 23, 2011
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It's quite possible there are better books on the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and Chinese military strategy, but for me this book was astonishing. First by the fact that it is a series of edited articles from papers at conference. Almost everyone of the paper was informative (make that eye-opening) and the redundancy actually made the book better. Kudos to the authors and editor.

But the heart of the book for a novice like myself was the realization of what the Chinese Second Artillery Corps has pulled off. Terminally guided precision Anti Ship Ballistic Missiles (ASBM) have essentially made our carriers obsolete for a war-time Taiwan mission in the Western Pacific. The PLAAF cruise missile, fighter and air defense systems are impressive. All of it feels like the Soviet reconnaissance/strike package implemented by a country that has its act together.

This book should be required reading by every staffer in Washington.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Axe on July 28, 2011
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A useful analysis of Chinese air power, especially with regards to the sea. Balanced and highly technical, the book aims neither to hype nor downplay PLA capabilities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harry Kazianis on April 19, 2012
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Let's face facts, there are many books on China's military rise. There are also many books that detail the technological evolution of China's armed forces. There are not many books though that bring together the world's best writers and thinkers on the subject in one volume who give a balanced approach to the subject. Andrew Erickson and a cast of global thinkers give the reader a fair, highly readable, and credible approach to the important subject of Chinese Aerospace Power. The book tackles a highly controversial subject and does it well, with very little bias or hype. In my own research, I turn to it time and time again when I am writing my own pieces.
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