Chinese Navy – “Not an Idea We Have to Shun”: Chinese Overseas Basing Requirements in the 21st Century

National Defense University – This paper addresses China’s expanding international economic interests, which are likely to generate increasing demands for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to operate out of area to protect Chinese citizens, investments, and sea lines of communication. The frequency, intensity, type, and location of such operations will determine the associated logistics support requirements, with distance from China, size and duration, and combat intensity being especially important drivers.