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By Wang Gungwu

Wang Gungwu's learn of the connection among China and the chinese language with imperial Britain examines the probabilities, in addition to the boundaries in their encounters. past the clichГ©s of opium, battling, and the diplomatic abilities had to fend off competitors and enemies, Gungwu probes parts of extra intimate encounters, now not least of that's the start of a broader English-speaking destiny among the 2 nations.

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Xml CT003/Wang-Gungwu To fight December 27, 2002 14:4 41 have to look beyond simply strengthening its navy and preparing to use ballistic missiles to overcome its intrinsic naval weaknesses. But, even if that should happen, it is unlikely that the recent efforts to develop a blue water navy will slow down. In the long run, with the country’s long coastline, China cannot do without a credible naval defence capability. As this capability grows, more Chinese naval vessels can be expected to use the sea-lanes of the South China Sea.

As a superpower, the Soviet Union had other regions to satisfy and China’s particular concerns did not always serve the Russian cause. 29 In any case, China’s ability to fight was greatly weakened by the Soviet withdrawal of technology and vital skilled personnel in 1960. xml 40 CT003/Wang-Gungwu December 27, 2002 14:4 Anglo-Chinese Encounters the PRC could start again to think about how the country could be defended in the future. This is not the place to dwell on China’s military history. I only wish to highlight, where fighting was concerned, the complex Chinese responses to the Anglo-Chinese experience.

But, even if that should happen, it is unlikely that the recent efforts to develop a blue water navy will slow down. In the long run, with the country’s long coastline, China cannot do without a credible naval defence capability. As this capability grows, more Chinese naval vessels can be expected to use the sea-lanes of the South China Sea. This will have an impact on how the control of the Spratly Islands might eventually be shared. 30 There is ample evidence that, when they have the need to, Chinese people can turn to the sea.

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