Same Water, Difference Dreams: Salient Lessons of the Sino-Japanese War for Future Naval Warfare

Andrew Rhodes
2020 MCU Journal  
American officers considering the role of the sea Services in a future war must understand the history and organizational culture of the Chinese military and consider how these factors shape the Chinese approach to naval strategy and operations. The Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95 remains a cautionary tale full of salient lessons for future conflict. A review of recent Chinese publications highlights several consistent themes that underpin Chinese thinking about naval strategy. Chinese authors
more » ... ss that the future requires that China inculcate an awareness of the maritime domain in its people, that it build institutions that can sustain seapower, and that, at the operational level, it actively seeks to contest and gain sea control far from shore. Careful consideration of the Sino-Japanese War can support two priority focus areas from the Commandant's Planning Guidance: "warfighting" and "education and training."
doi:10.21140/mcuj.20201102002 fatcat:i75a5j73pbd4vax543d74t2i6a