China’s imagined strategic space may include specific geographic areas outside of its national borders, such as claimed or contested territories on land and at sea. It may be envisioned as a defensive buffer zone, or as a projected sphere of influence. It may not be geographically grounded and more akin to the space China needs to fulfill its development and security goals.
Mental maps and strategic goals are inextricably linked.
This section will present a collection of contributions exploring the geopolitical underpinnings, spatial representations, and new frontiers of China’s strategic space. Watch for more publications to come.