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China’s Naval Expansion and Global Security
- James E. Fanell (Government Fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a Senior Associate at Centre for Russian, Europe Asia Studies)
China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea over the past five years has dramatically altered the geo-military balance of power in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. The creation of the “New Spratly Islands” in the South China Sea, along with its declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea and claim of sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands, as well as unprecedented and increasing naval operations into the Western Pacific Ocean, South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and into the Mediterranean Sea are all empirical indicators of China’s future actions on the global stage for the remainder of the first half of the 21st Century. These are contrary to China’s stated goal of its peaceful rise. In response to China’s expansionism, the United States and regional nations have responded responded with heightened military readiness, including building and enhancing existing bilateral military alliances, as well as expanding multilateral military partnerships. How to deal with China will be a major challenge for the incoming US administration as well as for other nations.
James E. Fanell
Government Fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a Senior Associate at Centre for Russian, Europe Asia Studies
Captain James E. Fanell retired from the U.S. Navy in January 2015 concluding a nearly 30 year career as a naval intelligence officer specializing in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs, with an emphasis on the Chinese navy and its operations. His most recent assignment with the U.S. Navy was as the Director of Intelligence and Information Operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. In addition to being a Government Fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, he is also a Senior Associate at Centre for Russian, Europe Asia Studies. Throughout his naval career he served in a variety of afloat and ashore assignments across the Pacific region, highlighted by tours as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence for the U.S. Seventh Fleet aboard the USS Blue Ridge, the Office of Naval Intelligence China Senior Intelligence Officer, and as the Senior Intelligence Officer for the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier strike group, then forward deployed to Japan. He was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from San Diego State University, a M.A. in History from the University of Hawaii, and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College where he received a M.A. in Military Science. He is also a public speaker most notably at the AFCEA West / U.S. Naval Institute’s panels on China in 2013 and 2014. He has published works in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly, Fox News, Switzerland’s Military Power Review, and the Hoover Digest. Jim is the creator and manager of the Asia Security forum Red Star Rising since 2005. He is married to Cornelia Fanell and currently resides in Switzerland.