The Chinese Navy: From minnow to shark

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10 January 2023 at 12:00 13:00 GMT

This event is taking place in Committee Room 3A of the House of Lords.

Since 1949, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has undergone dramatic expansion and modernisation. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a nation dependent on seaborne trade and would face economic peril without the ability to import and export via sea. The evolving role of the PLAN reflects this, as well as the changing priorities of Chinese geostrategy as the PRC has grown more powerful and concerned about its maritime perspective.

Chinese geostrategy – particularly maritime – and the trajectory of the PLAN deserve the United Kingdom’s (UK) attention. Free nations, such as the UK, still have the upper hand in many areas, such as projection vessels and nuclear submarines, but the PLAN as a force should not be dismissed. In fact, a greater investigation of Chinese geostrategy and the PRC’s maritime vulnerabilities detail ways in which this superior technology could be used to dissuade Chinese aggression.

By kind invitation of Lord Mountevans, 688th Lord Mayor of London, House of Lords, join Dr Edward Hampshire, Naval Historical Branch, Ministry of Defence, and Dr Kevin Rowlands, Head of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre, as they discuss the modernisation of the PLAN and its consequences. This event celebrates the launch of an Explainer also entitled: ‘The Chinese Navy: From minnow to shark’.


Dr Edward Hampshire

  • Naval Historical Branch, Ministry of Defence
    Dr Edward Hampshire is a Historian at the Naval Historical Branch of the Ministry of Defence and a Fellow of the Royal Navy’s Strategic Studies Centre. Previously, he lectured at the Joint Services Command and Staff College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He holds a PhD and MA in War Studies from King’s College, London.

Capt. Dr Kevin Rowlands

  • Head of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies centre
    Captain Dr Kevin Rowlands is the Head of the Royal Navy’s Strategic Studies Centre, an internal Ministry of Defence think tank which aims to inform senior policy and strategy decision makers. He enjoyed a thirty-year naval career, of which twenty were at sea, and left in the rank of Captain. He has been the Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff Committee and other senior Ministry of Defence boards and committees, and was the Course Director for the United Kingdom’s Advanced Command and Staff Course. Kevin holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College, London, and master’s degrees in defence studies and in education.


Lord Mountevans

  • 688th Lord Mayor of London, House of Lords
    Jeffrey Evans, 4th Baron Mountevans, is a shipbroker, was elected to sit in the House of Lords at a crossbench hereditary peers’ by-election in July 2015. He served as Prime Warden of the Shipwrights’ Company for 2006-2007 before his election as a City of London Alderman for the Ward of Cheap in 2007, and was Sheriff of London for 2012-2013. Charitable involvements include being a Trustee of Seafarers UK, a leading national maritime charity. From 2015-2016 he served as the 688th Lord Mayor of London. Lord Mountevans has an MA in Economics from Pembroke College, Cambridge. 



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