Episode 12: The Rise of China’s Navy in the Indo-Pacific: Challenges and Response Options

In this Adversarial Studies presentation, Rear Admiral James Goldrick discusses the underlying strategic and operational considerations driving the development of China’s maritime forces, and the ways in which interested regional actors can adapt to China’s rise as a maritime power in the Indo-Pacific region.

Few events are likely to have as significant an impact on the global balance of power as the emergence of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) as the world's largest navy. The question of how to manage the reality of China’s emergence as one of the preeminent actors in the Indo-Pacific is one that will challenge both regional powers and extra regional ones.

Ahead of the deployment of the UK Carrier Strike Group to the Indo-Pacific, the Adversarial Studies programme will run a series of ‘deep dives’ into how the rise of China will shape the geopolitics of the region, identifying the options available to nations seeking to manage the ramifications of this geopolitical shift.

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Rear Admiral James Goldrick joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1974 and retired in 2012 as a two-star . He commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice), the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf and the Australian Defence Force Academy. He led Australia’s Border Protection Command and later commanded the Australian Defence College. A Visiting Fellow of the Sea Power Centre-Australia, an Adjunct Professor of the University of NSW at ADFA and a Professorial Fellow of ANCORS, his research interests include naval and maritime strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific, as well as the response of navies to changing technologies and operational challenges.


Dr Sidharth Kaushal

Research Fellow, Sea Power

Military Sciences

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