Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Dr. Yves-Heng Lim


PhD, University of Lyon, 2008, MA, University of Grenoble, 2003, BA, IEP Lyon, 2001

Research interests

  • Asia-Pacific security
  • China's military affairs
  • Naval strategy
  • International relations theory


Yves-Heng's work focuses on Asia-Pacific security dynamics and on China's evolving role in the region. He is the author of China's Naval Power: An Offensive Realist Approach (Surrey: Ashgate, 2014). His research has been published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Contemporary China, Pacific Focus and China: an International Journal.  Before joining the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Yves-Heng was an assistant professor at Fujen Catholic University (Taiwan).


  • PICT112 Strategy and Security in the Indo-Pacific Region

Available student projects

Yves-Heng would be interested in supervising projects related to traditional security in the Indo-Pacific region. 



  • China's Naval Power: An Offensive Realist Approach, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014.

Journal articles

  • "Expanding the Dragon's Reach: The Rise of China's Anti-access Naval Doctrine and Forces", Journal of Strategic Studies (online preview)
  • "Perceptions chinoises d'une Europe en crise", Critique Internationale, 69, 2015, 121-131
  • "How (Dis)Satisfied is China? A power transition theory perspective", Journal of Contemporary China, 24(92), 2014, 280-297
  • "Beyond Balancing? China's Quest For Security and Power in East Asia", Pacific focus, 28(2), 2013, 218-242.
  • w/ Mourad Chabbi, "Équilibres régionaux et stratégies des non-puissances," Etudes Internationales, 44(2), 2013, 227-249.
  • "A Tale of Two Realisms in Chinese Foreign Policy," China: An International Journal, 9(2), 2011, 299-312.
  • "The Driving Forces behind China's Naval Modernization," Comparative Strategy, 30(2), 2011, 105-120.
  • "Locating Transition: the prospect for a US-China transition in Asia," Journal of Contemporary China, 19(67), 2010, 913-934

Book chapters

  • "China's defense build-up : evaluating China's military capabilities" in Andrew T.H.  Tan, Handbook of US-China relations (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016), p.340-358.
  • "Rights, Resources and Power: The Roots of Disputes and Rivalries in the East Asian Seas" in Zhiqun Zhu and Benny Teh Globalization, eds., Development and Security in Asia Vol. 1 (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing), 157-173.
  • "China and Southeast Asia: Changing Tactics, Enduring Strategy" in Donovan C. Chau and Thomas Kane, eds., China and International Security, History, Strategy, and 21st-Century Policy Vol. 3 (New York: Praeger, 2014), 21-36.
  • "Enduring Divorce: Multilayered Causes of the China-India Rivalry" in Brigitte Vassort-Rousset, eds., Building Sustainable Couples in International Relations (London: Palgrave, 2014), 167-189.
  • "La mer de Chine méridionale, échiquier du jeu entre grandes puissances" in Pierre Journoud, ed., L'évolution du débat stratégique en Asie du Sud-Est depuis 1945 (Paris : IRSEM, 2012), 205-222.
  • "The regional logic of the US-China rivalry" in Sujian Guo, ed., Thirty Years of China-U.S.: Analytical Approaches and Contemporary Issues (Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), 37-56.

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Yves-Heng Lim
Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 1425
Fax: +61 (0)2 9850 1440
Office location:
Level 2, South Wing, 
Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University NSW 2109