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By Toshi Yoshihara, James R. Holmes

ISBN-10: 0275994031

ISBN-13: 9780275994037

Asia is headed towards an doubtful and in all probability risky destiny within the maritime enviornment. the 2 emerging Asian powers, China and India, established as they're on seaborne trade for his or her monetary wellbeing and fitness, have in actual fact set their eyes at the excessive seas. Yoshihara and Holmes provide a stark caution that many strategists in Beijing and New Delhi look spellbound via the extra militant visions of sea energy. certainly, either powers seem poised to increase the capability to manage the ocean lanes by which the majority in their trade flows. in the event that they input the nautical surroundings with this sort of martial mind-set, Asia may well rather well fall sufferer to local rivalries that supply upward push to a vicious cycle of competition.Yoshihara and Holmes give you the first exam of the simultaneous upward push of 2 naval powers and the capability impression that such an oceanic reconfiguration of energy in Asia may have on long term local balance. Their examine analyzes the maritime pursuits and methods of the littoral states in Asia as they arrange for the anticipated reordering of nautical affairs. This long-overdue evaluation revisits underlying assumptions that experience prevailed between strategy-makers and offers a concrete coverage framework for lowering the chance of war of words in Asian waters.

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The navy also had its own internal critics of its plans for the Far East. In 1924, Vice Admiral Herbert Richmond, commander in chief of the East Indies Squadron, criticized British plans for war with Japan at the strategic and operational level. ’’ Richmond’s comments were directed at his colleagues who had developed a strategy that ignored reality. This trend nonetheless became even more pronounced in the 1930s as it became more difficult for the British to meet their foreign-policy obligations.

I do not believe there is the slightest chance of it in our lifetime. ’’ Even if that were not the case—which by this time it was not— Churchill pointed out that Japan was no Germany. ‘‘Japan is at the other end of the world. ’’23 But he understood the bureaucratic reasons why the navy was putting forward these arguments. The Last Days of the Royal Navy 39 The Admiralty seems to be misconceiving the problem which is before them. That problem is to keep a Navy in being which over a long period of profound peace will, taken as a whole, not be inferior to the Navy either of the United States or of Japan.

The only remaining possible naval threat was Japan. Bureaucratic self-interest thus played a small role in ending the alliance, but what is more important is how plans shaped British strategy during the interwar period. With little strategic input from the Cabinet, the navy developed plans to maintain a large battle fleet, centered around battleships and cruisers, that would steam to Singapore in the event of war. 19 According to War Memorandum (Eastern): If Singapore were lost the Fleet would be immobilized for want of fuel and would be incapable of relieving the pressure on Hong Kong in time to save it for also falling into the hands of the Japanese..

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