In this report published by the Lowy Institute on 11 December 2014, I argue that despite Chinese president Xi Jinping’s image as a strongman, China’s approach to maritime security will continue to be shaped by a diverse set of actors pushing their own agendas. Consequently, China’s maritime behaviour will be unpredictable. These actors are taking advantage of Xi’s very broad guidelines, the present nationalistic atmosphere, and fractured authority within China’s decision-making processes to push for maritime policies that benefit them commercially and politically.

Following the publication of the report, I wrote an opinion piece about maritime security actors for the South China Morning Post and another one about Xi Jinping’s role in maritime security decision-making for The Australian.

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