Are we in the midst of the Second Cold War? Debatable? When there so many nations so hostile to each other and several of them are busy building nuclear bombs and sophisticated delivery systems, doesn’t that seem like a silly question? Oddly, it isn’t. Nuclear weapons, rocket engines, and highly accurate guidance systems are no longer the novelty that they once were.
What does the Second Cold War look like? Well, Russia is back. As President Donald Trump can testify, even the Democrats know that. However, in this Second Cold War China, not Russia, is our principal enemy. In addition, the most important points of contention have shifted thousand of miles from the German border. To contain the threat posed by China, we must work with India, Japan and the nations of Southeast Asia, not the nations of Europe.
With this in mind let’s consider CHINA CREATING AN ORWELLIAN WORLD WITH INFORMATION WARFARE. CHINA CREATING AN ORWELLIAN WORLD WITH INFORMATION WARFARE points to an article that SANDOMINA, that is, Cdr Sandeep Dhawan, has in the Chanakya Forum, a publication of an Indian military think tank. Here is that article, CHINA CREATING AN ORWELLIAN WORLD WITH INFORMATION WARFARE – Chanakya Forum Chanakya Forum.
What did I find most interesting about Cdr Sandeep Dhawan’s article? The fact that the Chinese dictatorship wants to become the world’s foremost military power? No. China is investing large sums in a new kind of warfare, information warfare. These efforts include both defending its population from outside influence and suppressing dissent and undermining the will on its enemies to resist. Consider this excerpt.
China is deeply active in the fourth estate businesses around the globe following top-down imprimatur from president Xi Jinping to “tell China’s story” to the world. Within the last few months, China has leapt into the front ranks of global media by launching its ‘Voice of China’ super-network. China has started an Asian blitzkrieg in Information Warfare. It has employed over 14,000 journalists and propagandists to neutralize American influence and spread disinformation on every continent. It is propelling to buy newspapers worldwide, and where it is not able to do so outright, it is taking the route of inserts. Cash-strapped newspapers are more than happy to help out China in spreading disinformation while helping them. In India in the recent past Chennai based newspaper, ‘The Hindu’ has been seen carrying many such inserts, glorifying China. China has a whopping $6.8 billion budget for this disinformation exercise called da waixuan (大外宣), or ‘grand foreign propaganda’.CHINA CREATING AN ORWELLIAN WORLD WITH INFORMATION WARFARE – Chanakya Forum Chanakya Forum
You say this is no big deal? That all big nations spend money to tell the world good things about themselves, that even the United States spends money on propaganda. Not the same. China’s government spreads disinformation designed to weaken nations that it has identified as its enemies. For example, the United States did not set out to foment riots in Hong Kong. China’s government created these riots when the regime seized power from the people of Hong Kong. You want to live under a ruthless dictatorship? Neither do the people of Hong Kong.
Because of their proximity to China and border clashes, events have forced the people of India to confront the Chinese communist threat. The people of the United States, however, have been slower to recognize the danger, even among those who should know better. Consider how this article starts.
Not long before a virus born in China began spreading around the globe, destroying lives, devastating economies and, oh yes, shutting down the Washington social scene, I attended an elegant, off-the-record dinner hosted by a well-funded think tank of the libertarian persuasion.
The guest of honor, a senior figure in the Trump administration, excused himself before dessert, citing pressing matters of state. At that point, a distinguished professor from a prestigious university held forth, posing a question to those around the table: “Who here is in favor of starting a new Cold War with China?”
Scattered chuckles but no other responses followed, so I chimed in: “With respect, Professor, that horse has left the barn. China has been waging a Cold War against America for years. The current administration has recognized that reality and outlined a response, notably in the National Security Strategy. If you haven’t read it, I recommend you do so soonest.” (continued)The Cold War with China has begun – Washington Times
With respect to the threat posed by the regime running China, what does our national security strategy look like now? See United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China | The White House. That website links to this document, U.S.-Strategic-Approach-to-The-Peoples-Republic-of-China-Report-5.24v1.pdf (whitehouse.gov). Here is how that document begins
Since the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) established diplomatic relations in 1979, United States policy toward the PRC was largely premised on a hope that deepening engagement would spur fundamental economic and political opening in the PRC and lead to its emergence as a constructive and responsible global stakeholder, with a more open society. More than 40 years later, it has become evident that this approach underestimated the will of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to constrain the scope of economic and political reform in China. Over the past two decades, reforms have slowed, stalled, or reversed. The PRC’s rapid economic development and increased engagement with the world did not lead to convergence with the citizen-centric, free and open order as the United States had hoped. The CCP has chosen instead to exploit the free and open rulesbased order and attempt to reshape the international system in its favor. Beijing openly acknowledges that it seeks to transform the international order to align with CCP interests and ideology. The CCP’s expanding use of economic, political, and military power to compel acquiescence from nation states harms vital American interests and undermines the sovereignty and dignity of countries and individuals around the world. (continued)U.S.-Strategic-Approach-to-The-Peoples-Republic-of-China-Report-5.24v1.pdf (whitehouse.gov)
To preserve both the lives of our people and our constitutional republic, we must have competent and trustworthy leadership. If Joe Biden becomes our president, how will our strategy towards China change?
- Will Biden recognize the threat posed by the Chinese regime and forthrightly oppose it?
- Will Biden seek to preserve our constitutional republic or continue leading Democrats in their malign efforts to transform America?
If Biden becomes president is there reason for optimism? Shortly after Biden is sworn in, will this document, U.S.-Strategic-Approach-to-The-Peoples-Republic-of-China-Report-5.24v1.pdf (whitehouse.gov), disappear? Therefore, please read this document, think about it, and share it with others.
Meanwhile, consider how the Chinese regime is already seeking to use information warfare to take advantage of our divisions. Consider this video, H/T Subterfuge, suppression, and hope for our future | In My Father’s House (wordpress.com)
As a people we Americans are making a huge mistake. Instead of seeing virtue in forbearing with what we perceive as the foolishness of others, too many of us are trying to make others accept our beliefs. We are even trying to use government power to force others to adopt our beliefs, a clear violation of the First Amendment. This intolerance, masked as an insistence upon tolerance, has created a huge amount of civil strife, as we saw in this last election. Unless we can agree to disagree and set these conflicts aside, settle these conflicts without abusing government power, we are in big trouble.
- The China Threat — FBI
- China’s tech authoritarianism too big to contain – POLITICO
- Chinese-researchers-flee-U.S. – The Washington Post
- China the ‘greatest threat to democracy and freedom’, US spy chief warns | US news | The Guardian
- China Prepares for ‘Informationized’ War (townhall.com)
- CNN Finally Discovers China Uses U.S. Media To Attack The United States (thefederalist.com)
- Second China defector gives biological weapons information – Washington Times
- China Has ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon (forbes.com)
- Joe Biden: Our First Chinese President? | Human Events