J.L Shuford, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy President, Naval War College, wrote a fine introduction about US Naval War college’s China Maritime Studies Institute in the current issue of Naval War College Review (Spring 2008 Volume 61, Number 2)
"Navy leadership understood this well and saw the requirement for objective research on China’s rise that would be insulated from the various policy agendas driving the debates about China in Washington. With this concern in mind, the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) was established in October 2006 at the College.The objective was not to create another China institute—of which many fine examples exist in academia—but rather to create a China maritime studies institute.The intention was to give this new institute the focus required to succeed and thereby fill an emerging gap."
For those who wish to know more about this young but very important organization, manned with some of the finest minds in the business and produced an impressive array of works recently, go check the full introduction at the following link
While you are there, go check out "No Oil for the Lamps of China?" on page 79 also
No Oil for the Lamps of China?
Gabriel B. Collins and William S. Murray
Chinese naval and strategic planners fear, and their Western counterparts seem to believe, that a maritime blockade could interrupt or significantly impede China’s energy supplies in a limited war. But probably it could not, and thinking it could is dangerous for everyone.