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We’re at war and China is winning (has won?)

(Thursday/Friday blog)

We’re at war and we don’t even know it

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking and is popular with aspiring business executives who see themselves as courageous fighters rather than just being over-paid, over-pensioned bureaucrats.

Sun Tzu once wrote, “If one party is at war with another, and the other party does not realize it is at war, the party who knows it’s at war almost always has the advantage and usually wins.”

That brings us to a book called UNRESTRICTED WARFARE written in 1991 by Major General Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

I haven’t read UNRESTRICTED WARFARE and have no intention of reading it. But from what I understand the book discusses how China can fight and defeat a militarily and technologically superior America.

(You have to remember that in 1991, America was clearly the dominant world power. Nowadays, as the US tears itself apart, one might be forgiven for wondering whether China had already overtaken America as the world’s military and economic powerhouse.)

The two PLA officers who wrote the book argue that China couldn’t defeat America militarily in a ‘hot war’. Instead they propose that China should defeat the US in a ‘hidden war’ – by impeding America’s ability to wage war and to defend itself against a barrage of attacks against its economy, its civil institutions, its governmental structures, and its actual belief system. UNRESTRICTED WARFARE is not a manual for achieving an overnight victory. Rather, it is a recipe for a slow but inexorable assault on an enemy’s institutions, often without the enemy’s knowledge that it is even being attacked. And this seems to have been China’s strategy – wage war on America in particular and the West in general while we were unaware we were being attacked.

And this strategy has been remarkably successful:

  • tens of millions of US and Western manufacturing jobs have been lost to China
  • the West is now dependent on China for many basic goods that we no longer make
  • over 80% of US antibiotics are made in China
  • China now controls about 80% of the world’s rare earth metals:

  • China owns large tracts of agricultural land in Australia and has been buying up Australian water resources
  • China has major shareholdings in 12 European ports

  • Chinese companies (controlled by the Chinese Communist Party) own at least four major US energy companies as well as many other US companies and massive amounts of real estate in the US

Trump, for all his faults, is the only western leader who has understood the threat that China poses to our civilisation.

Belt and Road colonialism

Perhaps China’s greatest weapon of conquest is its Belt and Road initiative (BRI):

The BRI will make China the world’s dominant power in natural resources control, manufacturing and trade.

China is using its BRI to acquire land, ports, airports and other infrastructure around the world through ‘debt-trap’ diplomacy. China bribes corrupt Third-world politicians to get their countries to borrow money (that can never be repaid) from China to allow Chinese construction companies using Chinese workers to build ports, power stations, railways, roads and other infrastructure. Then, when the money can’t be repaid, China takes control of the infrastructure.

The list of ports, railways, power companies, agricultural land, mines, railways around the world that have fallen into Chinese hands is too long to include here. But here are just a couple of recent examples: In December 2017, for example, thoroughly corrupt Sri Lanka handed control of the newly-built port of Hambantota to a Chinese operator in order to satisfy part of its significant debt to Chinese lenders and in 2019 the Kenyan port of Mombasa looked like it too would fall into Chinese hands

Domination, not democracy

Because we in the West tend to see the world through a western point of view, we totally misunderstand that other peoples have very different philosophies and very different priorities from us.

Remember the supposed ‘Arab Spring’? We assumed our Arab friends wanted freedom and democracy and human rights and suchlike. In fact, when freed from dictatorial control, all they wanted to do was turn their countries into violent, filthy, poverty-stricken hell-holes where they could happily slaughter each other due to ancient tribal rivalries and obscure differences in the way they interpreted their extremely peaceful religion:

And our Arabian friends weren’t particularly interested in women’s rights or the rights of LGBTQ++ either:

In Arab countries many gays turn out to be ‘high flyers’, but not quite in the way they want.

Now we’re making exactly the same mistake with China. We assume that the Chinese people want western-style freedom and democracy. We assume that the Chinese Communist Party is an unpopular oppressor. But we’re wrong about China just as we were wrong about the Arab Spring:

  • Most Chinese are fiercely nationalist
  • Many Chinese see western democracy as chaotic and self-destructive
  • Most Chinese credit the Chinese Communist Party for bringing increasing prosperity
  • Most Chinese believe the narrative that the time has come to end the “Century of Humiliation”, also known as “the hundred years of national humiliation”. This is the term used in China to describe the period of intervention and subjugation of the Chinese Empire and the Republic of China by Western powers, Russia and Japan in between 1839 and 1949
  • Most Chinese believe that the group is much more important than the individual

  • Most Chinese believe that with its 1.4 billion population, China should be the world’s dominant power.

So for many Chinese achieving China’s world domination is much more important than any ideas of western-style individualism and democracy and free speech and suchlike.

What about the Chinese Covid-19 plague?

I believe (but I haven’t read the book) that UNRESTRICTED WARFARE also mentions the possibility of using biological weapons to destroy the West’s economies and even societal structures. I don’t believe that the current Coronavirus was deliberately released. But I believe it is reasonable to assume that the Covid-19 virus and the other 2,000+ viruses collected and being experimented on by the Wuhan Institute of Virology were being studied for both civilian and military purposes and that Covid-19 was accidentally released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology by failure to follow biosecurity procedures.

But whether the Chinese Covid-19 plague was released deliberately or not, it’s doing a pretty good job of decimating the West while allowing China to massively increase its economic, military and political power around the world.

And here, for anyone who hasn’t seen it is my short YouTube video – The Wuhan Song:

13 comments to We’re at war and China is winning (has won?)

  • Hardcastle

    Relative wealth and affluence,allied to a natural reaction to two world wars have made us indulgent and extremely idealistic with regard to the intentions of others.The continued reduction of our armed forces is totally irresponsible ,as defence of the realm should be number one priority for any government.Add in the toxic mix of socialism and mass immigration,we are at a point where we are virtually defenceless and assume no one will ever just walk in and take over.Oh wait a minute,they are doing this as I speak,no need for warfare,just take advantage of complacency and a total inability to see the world in a realistic light.

  • Stillreading

    Tragically, Hardcastle, you are correct in every respect. It has been evident for some years that our once proud nation is set on a relentless downward trajectory and nothing indicates to me that the rest of Europe is doing any better. Many as are Donald Trump’s shortcomings, he is the best next President of the USA on offer. All indications are that if touchy-feely Sleepy Joe is elected to the Oval Office, in effect with Kamala Harris as President, it will be the green light for States wide anarchy and chaos. The young people (late teens to mid 20s) I know best, white, middle-class, graduates or about to be, are evidently unable to see what lies ahead, conditioned as they have been by close on 20 years of State Education in the religion of multiculturalism.

  • Loppoman

    The young, “educated?” should be the solution but, as you say, they are not able to foresee the future due their upbringing and slanted education. Their outlook on this world is wrong and misguided but they are not able to see this. In short, they can’t think and figure for themselves and require guidance in all they do. Unfortunately, they’ve had the wrong but deliberate guidance.

  • twi5ted

    Chiamerica was a plan that failed because the working class jobs removed from the west were not replaced. All the benefits accrued to the wealthy elites. The economic burden and devastation fell on their fellow tax payers whilst the extra profits did not lead to higher incomes in fact incomes for the vast majority have stagnated for decades because of high levels of immigration.

    Blaming China for this is wrong. It was a plan conceived in the west and the covid hoax seems to be the last throw of the dice to push through the green communism. We need to wind back internationalism and return democracy. China is sitting back, playing the long game, watching the west collapse and they don’t need to do anything we are doing it all ourselves.

  • A Thorpe

    This is an excellent piece. It seems as if the book, Unrestricted Warfare, is similar to the views of Yuri Bezmenov, a KGB defector, who explained how Soviet Russia was using subversion to undermine the west, and old videos of him are on YouTube and have been referenced quite a bit recently.

    We can hardly ignore our own role in this, because we seem to have embraced the Chinese takeover with enthusiasm. The itemised list of the Chinese influence in the world is valid, but the export of our manufacturing relies on us having the means to purchase what they produce. China has abundant natural resources but they have been buying resources in Africa and this can only be to preserve their own. Doesn’t this show how pathetic our own leaders are? Britain had the natural resources to start the industrial revolution but geography has left us with importing almost everything we need, including energy and food. The rest of Europe seems to be in a similar situation, unlike America. Under Trump America has become self sufficient in energy because he has not banned fracking. The Chinese have sensibly ignored all the climate agreements, meanwhile the UK and EU are destroying their economies in every way possible. The British and their totally useless governments seem to have a death wish.

    The young Chinese do seem to accept some loss of freedom but they also have a good eduction and opportunities to start up businesses and make money. However, there is still a lot of poverty. Their economy may soon be the biggest in the world, but GDP/capita is still low because of the huge population. They also have huge environmental problems.

    A dose of real poverty in Europe might wake us up, and I think it is coming. America could also go backwards if the Democrats win the election. As well as economic weakness we will also be weak militarily.

  • Jeffrey Palmer

    The United Kingdom has no effective national defence now. It is difficult to decide whether this has been a matter of deliberate policy, or sheer ignorance and stupidity.

    A few years ago the MOD made all the tough squaddies redundant, and then turned their recruitment advertising towards snowflakes and third-worlders. While the UK government simultaneously made a career in the armed services as unattractive as possible by hauling up unfortunate former squaddies before the courts for doing their jobs against ruthless, murderous terrorists forty years previously.

    The Royal Navy’s two ridiculous aircraft carriers, or ‘Targets’ as they should properly be known, are obsolete technology, created simply because in the 1920’s stick-and-string aircraft only had a range of 200 miles and were navigated by magnetic compass. Unlike land airstrips, carriers can be sunk by airstrikes or torpedoes, as they all too frequently were throughout WW2.

    Ours exist nowadays for two reasons only – 1) to maintain the illusion that we still ought to be treated as a credible power in international affairs, and 2) as counters in the Royal Navy’s eternal contest with the RAF over which service controls the nation’s air power. Such as it is, since governments destroyed the UK’s ability to produce its own military aircraft, and sold off the Navy’s Harriers to the US Marines.

    I researched the matter a year ago, and discovered that at that time the UK armed forces possessed fewer than thirty service pilots qualified to fly fast jets. Which begs the question of why we are buying a hundred and thirty-eight Lockheed-Martin F35 jets from the US, at ruinous cost – £78 million per jet, even before factoring in engines or electronics.

    At the moment, I doubt that we have the capability to put one fully-equipped, fully-trained infantry division in the field. And much of our remaining air defence capability is camped in the Baltic states (each, incidentally, with huge and influential Neo-Nazi parties), spending its time deliberately provoking the Russians by probing their airspace at the behest of Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian politician carefully chosen by Angela Merkel to be NATO Secretary-General for his anti-Russian fanaticism.

    What’s left of the Royal Navy now exists merely as a barely-credible escort force for the sole aircraft carrier that it actually has the capability to defend and supply on operations. All other, more traditional naval tasks nowadays have to be subordinated to that end. And there would be absolutely no question of our being able to mount an operation similar to the Falklands campaign again.

    No modern UK politician nowadays has anything approaching the knowledge and experience to ask the correct questions about what the UK’s armed forces are actually for. UK politicians are almost all bankers and lawyers.

    And as David correctly says, our leaders persist in imagining that all other nationalities share the same commitment to freedom, democracy, and liberal ethics that Western nations claim to do. A truly suicidal delusion.

  • William Boreham

    I must be missing something as whereas in the epicentre of the COVID pandemic, Wuhan, there are carrying on as usual, enjoying themselves without apparently a care in the world – whereas here in Britain, we have become a nation of Corporal Jones’s; I have even seen people driving their cars wearing face masks! Last figure I’ve seen, up to Aug 7th, all of 6 youngsters under 14 in the whole country have died attributable to catching the virus, yet many schools are having to mask their pupils in yet another Government u-turn.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/18/asia/wuhan-water-park-party-intl-hnk/index.html

    As for the Chinese, I envy them. Come 2100, a Chinese person from a few centuries ago would be able, if resurrected, to walk around China and recognize, simply by looking at the people, that he is in China and among his people – and his alone. Would William Shakespeare or Horatio Nelson, walking around England 80 years hence, have any such idea? They would see their ancient ancestral homeland as an utterly foreign place. Our own politicians and the foolish apathy of our native population will have been those responsible, not any foreign power.

  • Hardcastle

    I have just received my monthly edition of the R H S “Garden” magazine,which despite its slight obsession with climate change and how we all be growing arid plants last year,is still worth the money for anyone interested in gardening.However,this month we have three letters from what are clearly young and “woke” young ladies who are bemoaning the lack of diversity in gardening and banging on about how our great plant collections and gardens are the results of evil empire.For christ sake I enjoy gardening because it is an escape from the lunacy we are surrounded by in life today and politics should not be allowed to enter the realm of pleasure and entertainment.That the three ladies in question recently attended a University is without question,as their statements lack obvious knowledge or any substantial reading around the history of Britain’s or the World’s horticultural development.Lack of diversity is one of their concerns,which is constantly trotted out,whatever the topic.Well,diversity of plants,gardens,parklands,arboretums or Botanical Gardens in Britain and in most if not in all the former countries of the Empire,is certainly not a problem.What they are referring to is the number of ethnic minorities involved in horticulture.Well,as they only make up 3% of the population,this is not a surprise.There is nothing stopping anyone in this country,visiting gardens or pursuing a career in horticulture.This is obviously not good enough for some people,who want to cause division where non exists.As the father of two daughters,I should not rely say this but the number of young white females involved in marxists trouble making is significant.The level of their ignorance is high as is their total belief in their moral superiority.A little knowledge is indeed a dangerous thing.These girls,they are not mature women,would surely send you to the re education camp or put you up against a wall.I fear for the near future,there is no reasonable discussion with these people.

  • Jeffrey Palmer

    Hardcastle, no doubt those young woke ladies would prefer a Zimbabwe-style solution to the supposed absence of ‘Diversity’ in horticulture – white peoples’ gardens being expropriated and handed over to BLM supporters who would then proceed to grow absolutely nothing.

    I suppose you could describe it as ‘Horticultural Appropriation’.

  • The Chinese are not waging a war on us, in my opinion. They are just working in their own interests, which is what a healthy people always does. They take advantage of states of affairs in their own interests.

    Unfortunately, the West has become rotten through and through with a mixture of short-term greed and liberal idealism that always has to conceal what it is getting up to by creating spurious legitimizations. Obviously because the public would not accept what these liberal idealists were getting up to if they were honest about their intentions.

    Almost everything the West has been doing for the last 50 years has been against its own long-term interests, fuelled by greed or liberal idealism.

    The Chinese are just a very hot wind to our rotten fruit hanging in the tree, in my opinion.

  • Loppoman

    You’re spot on Eric. The Chinese people and government are clever. They know that diversity crap, climate change, blm, extinction rebellion. LGBT and all such stuff with which the West is obsessed with, serves them no good. They’re clever enough not to rub it in our faces, they are just sitting back watching a self-destruction. They know they need to burn coal to have efficient energy. They know they need to keep a certain group of their people on a leash to keep peace, the same way Gadaffi kept control. Look what’s happened since he’s gone.

  • Richard

    The EU is part of the downward spiral of Europe. All innovation has stopped and there’s a total lack of inventiveness. The same sort of thing occurred in the UK’s aircraft industries when companies were amalgamated. Competition is the key between companies and countries and unless they keep their identities, stagnation occurs.

  • Being an insider himself, George Orwell showed in his novel 1984 how the liberal cultural Marxists would go about their business – they would conceal what they were getting up to by labelling everything they were doing the opposite of what it really was.

    Ministry of Truth for the Ministry of Propaganda, The Ministry of Love (Newspeak: Miniluv) serves as Oceania’s interior ministry. It enforces loyalty to Big Brother through fear, buttressed through a massive apparatus of security and repression, as well as systematic brainwashing. Etc.

    Our liberals call their decadent operatives progressives.

    Notice how the media is pushing “climate change” at every opportunity. I have just been watching Sky News reporting on Hurricane Dorian damage in Bahamas. They go anywhere where there is bad weather and always end up with a lecture on “climate change”.

    I had to ask myself why are they trying to convince us of climate change when they really just have to convince our leaders in government and business in order to get action taken?

    The reason must be because they want to be able tu use “climate change” as an excuse to justify mass migration and they have to get the people on board with the best excuse that they can possibly come up with.

    There is also seems to be something very fishy going on with regard to BAME people being victims of the Covid-19 hoax disproportionately. Maybe it’s to vaccinate them first – they will be very grateful – and then report that the vaccine works because Covid-19 has been defeated in the BAME community. What they don’t want is millions of white Britons refusing to be vaccinated.

    They have also flooded out TV programmes and adverts with BAME people. We were not asked about that. They just went ahead with the obvious justification of getting rid of our institutional and police racism, which they are also publicising ad nauseam. But it looks to me that the real intention is to get us used to BAME faces so that we won’t notice our streets filling up with them.

    Here is some proof. I saw the racial equality campaigner, Lee Jasper, debating on RT the other day. He has a Wikipedia page. He has a criminal history and served as Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities to the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

    This is what he said during a debate with another black man on the BBC’s attitude to Last of the Proms. Strangely enough, the other black man was arguing against the BBC’s intentions.- “In the next decade we are going to see a massive expansion of black and brown Britons.”

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