Book Review: Red Star over the Pacific
The analysis of Chinese views of Mahan is much more useful. The reading of Mahan doesn’t necessitate any direct policy consequences, but it is nevertheless interesting that the Chinese are taking Mahan seriously, and are talking about Mahan in terms of their own future naval development. Yoshihara and Holmes draw extensively from Chinese language analysis of Mahan, discussing the intra-Chinese debates over the utility of Mahanian theory and also of its direct implications for PLAN modernization. The authors are a bit cagey on the quality of Chinese analysis of Mahan, and hold out the possibility that Chinese naval advocates are invoking Mahan primarily to justify large scale naval acquisition. It bears noting that this would hardly be the first time that Mahan has been used in such a fashion.