James Holmes

James Holmes is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College and co-author of Chinese Naval Strategy in the 21st Century: The Turn to Mahan. The views expressed here are his own.

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Articles by James Holmes

Ryukyu Chain in China’s Island Strategy

In late August the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) intend to stage their first-ever island defense exercises in December. The maneuvers will be held

The Japanese Archipelago through Chinese Eyes

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) forces took to the East China Sea in late June for live-fire maneuvers. These naval exercises were widely interpreted as expressions of preemptive Chinese

Taiwan’s Navy: Still in Command of the Sea?

The Republic of China Navy (ROCN), or Taiwan Navy, has an ambitious vision for its future strategy. According to the “ROC Navy Vision,” which is available on the Navy’s website,

Is China a “Soft” Naval Power?

China created a stir late last year when it announced that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) would commence policing the Gulf of Aden for Somali pirates. Two PLAN destroyers

A Chinese Turn to Mahan?

Robert Kaplan proclaims that “the Chinese are the Mahanians now,” enamored with the fin de siècle American sea captain who exhorted seafaring nations to amass international commerce, merchant and naval