What Makes China "Mahanian"? (http://thediplomat.com/2011/11/what-makes-china-mahanian/)
By James R. Holmes
November 18, 2011
The work of Alfred Thayer Mahan offers some useful insights into China. But the PLA will still go its own way.
Mahan supplies guidance on the purposes of Chinese sea power and shapes Beijing’s outlook on maritime strategy. But Chinese maritime forces look to their own history and traditions for help with the mechanics of how to fulfil their nation’s Mahanian destiny.