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Why have the People’s Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam been able to create and sustain maritime militias?

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Conor Steeds

University of Glasgow, GB
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Providing a unique comparison of the maritime militias of the People’s Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, this study analyses why these two countries were able to create and sustain maritime militias, and their importance to hybrid warfare. By studying the history, organisation, ideology and the economic support provided to these maritime militias, it highlights the similarities between the countries’ systems, and how this has allowed for their creation and subsequent maintenance. Based on my findings, I have hypothesised that in order for a country to create and sustain successfully a maritime militia it must have a history of “people’s war” and a highly centralised state.

How to Cite: Steeds, C., 2022. Why have the People’s Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam been able to create and sustain maritime militias?. Contemporary Voices: St Andrews Journal of International Relations, 1(1), pp.199–232. DOI: http://doi.org/10.15664/jtr.1557
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Published on 06 Sep 2022.
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