Essay from Mapping China's Strategic Space
The Qing Conception of Strategic Space
In this essay from NBR’s project Mapping China’s Strategic Space, James A. Millward argues that the Qing sense of strategic space was formed by military expansionism into China and Central Asia and by the Qing empire’s initial effort to restrict Han outward migration over land and sea.
The essay is part of a section on Learning from History that presents a collection of historical case studies, used for comparative purposes, that examine how rising or great powers, including China, have in the past defined their strategic space and the factors that led them to consider expanding it beyond the strict delineations of their national territory.
Read the essay on the Mapping China’s Strategic Space website.