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By Christian Le Mière

This booklet goals to redefine maritime international relations for the fashionable period.

Maritime international relations contains a spectrum of actions, from co-operative measures similar to port visits, workouts and humanitarian assistance to persuasive deployment and coercion. it's an job now not restrained to simply navies, yet within the sleek period is pursued be coast guards, civilian vessels and non-state teams. As states comparable to China and India boost, they're more and more utilizing this so much versatile type of delicate and difficult energy.

Maritime international relations within the 21st Century describes and analyses the idea that of maritime international relations, which has been principally overlooked in educational literature. using such international relations might be attention-grabbing not only for the parochial results of any job, yet simply because any occasion can replicate alterations within the foreign order, whereas performing as a superb gauge for the life and severity of foreign stress. extra, maritime international relations can act as a valve by which any rigidity will be published with no hotel to clash. Written in an obtainable yet authoritative sort, this e-book describes the continuing use of coercion outdoor of conflict through navies, whereas additionally situating it extra sincerely in the a number of roles and results that maritime forces have in peacetime.

This booklet may be of a lot curiosity to scholars of seapower, naval historical past, strategic reviews, international relations and overseas relations.


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Substantial military exercises may have a specific target in mind, as did the US Invincible Spirit exercises in 2010. 34 These exercises signal capabilities, but it is not clear to whom: it could be Japan, the US, Southeast Asian disputants to the Spratly Islands or all of these. The identification of possible victims of gunboat diplomacy by Cable as ‘foreign nationals within their territory’ also brings up the possibility that patrols in foreign waters would be classed as gunboat diplomacy. Thus, Cable frequently mentions the British weekly convoy system used in the 1920s on the Yangtze River in China to protect its shipping and citizens from banditry and river piracy.

Nevertheless, the proliferation of maritime paramilitaries with responsibility for defending national sovereignty is significant for stability in East Asia given the range of maritime disputes in the region. Despite their expansion in size, these maritime paramilitaries are not well armed. The Shikishima maintains some of the heaviest armaments in the region, with two 35 mm guns capable of firing over 1,000 rounds per minute, but most vessels will be fitted with a single machine gun or 20 mm cannon.

11 For a description of the seizure of Memel, see ‘Hitler Enters Memel: German March Alarms Small Nations’, Australian Associated Press, 23 March 1939. 12 Boudreaux, Richard, ‘Iran Sends Two Naval Vessels Through Egypt’s Suez Canal’, The Wall Street Journal, 23 February 2011. 13 See Taylor, Don Pacifico. 14 Barraclough, From Agadir to Armageddon. 15 Feifer, Breaking Open Japan. 16 Tips, Siam’s Struggle for Survival. 17 Indeed, there is a case to be made for the entire ‘war’ to be branded a series of gunboat diplomatic events, given that they were motivated by a single political cause, designed to avoid lengthy land-based conflict with China and followed a declaration of war by the Indian government on behalf of the United Kingdom, but not specifically London itself.

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