COVID-19: China Updates its ‘Art of (Hybrid) War’
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Chinese General Qiao Liang argues, “If we have to dance with the wolves, we should not dance to the rhythm of the United States,” reports Pepe Escobar.
In 1999, Qiao Liang, then a senior air force colonel in the People’s Liberation Army, and Wang Xiangsui, another senior colonel, caused a tremendous uproar with the publication of “Unrestricted Warfare: China’s Master Plan to Destroy America.”
“Unrestricted Warfare” was essentially the PLA’s manual for asymmetric warfare: an updating of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War.” At the time of original publication, with China still a long way from having its current geopolitical and geo-economic clout, the book was conceived as laying out a defensive approach, far from the sensationalist “destroy America” added to the title for U.S. publication in 2004.
Now the book is available in a new edition and Qiao Liang, as a retired general and director of the Council for Research on National Security, has resurfaced in a quite revealing interview originally published in the current edition of the Hong Kong-based magazine Zijing (Bauhinia).
General Qiao is not a Politburo member entitled to dictate official policy. But some analysts I talked with agree that the key points he makes in a personal capacity are quite revealing of PLA thinking. Let’s review some of the highlights.
Dancing with Wolves
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Best exemplified by the bumbling gaffs and offenses of the former commander Admiral Harry Harris when he became US ambassador to Seoul. Seoul doesn’t want any part of an anti-Chinese alliance led by the US and Japan, along with the five eyes partners. Seoul isn’t going to join the Indo-Pacific alliance against China.
Harris has gone from offending the majority of South Koreans with his support of far right extremists in South Korea, demands for submission to pro-Japanese policies, interference in domestic politics in South Korea, support for the ridiculous US demands in the military cost sharing talks which attempt to force S.Korea into the Indo-Pacific alliance by the back door, to appearing on twitter in a cooking apron and demonstrating he’s learning Korean. It is his last attempt only that reflects any understanding whatsoever of Korea.
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