On Thursday, March 2nd CSBA hosted a webinar discussion of Mao's Army Goes to Sea: The Island Campaigns and the Founding of China's Navy, a new history of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy, by our colleague CSBA Senior Fellow Dr. Toshi Yoshihara.
This definitive study of the crucial decisions made from 1949 to 1950 draws on newly available Chinese-language sources to explore the navy-building process, early sea battles, and contested offshore landing operations that have had a lasting effect on the PLAN. Dr. Yoshihara details how Chinese leaders adapted the stratagems and tactics they had developed over years of revolutionary struggle on land for use at sea. The book will be of use to U.S. policymakers and scholars, placing contemporary Chinese naval development in historical context and providing insight into potential future developments.
A moderated Q&A followed Dr. Yoshihara's presentation.
Order Mao's Army Goes to Sea here.