Final preparations for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official visit to the United States later this month are highlighting the strained relations between the two countries and raising questions about China’s long-term intentions toward the U.S.

The areas of tension – cyber-espionage, China’s investment in the U.S. economy and currency manipulation, mirror a plan devised by two People’s Liberation Army colonels at the request of the Chinese government  to conquer the U.S. without directly engaging in a military conflict.

In fact, China may have already declared war.

“Warfare Beyond Bounds” (“Unrestricted Warfare” in Chinese), written by Senior Col. Qiao Liang and Senior Col. Wang Xiangsu, is essentially a how-to book for defeating a militarily superior opponent through the use of alternate methods and strategies.

The strategy uses technological advances as weapons over a global battlefield with the authors claiming the alternative methods “have the same and even greater destructive force than military warfare.”

Despite normalization of relations with China, the country of 1.3 billion, has maintained its long-standing goal of defeating the West, specifically the United States.

The four areas that serve as venues for this new warfare are: law, economic policy, networks and terrorism.

So-called “lawfare” is the use and manipulation of international or sovereign law to break an adversary financially by depleting its resources, monopolizing its time and attention, similar to “outlitigating” an opponent in a civil lawsuit.

Economic warfare utilizes spending, debt expansion and currency manipulation to impact the “enemy” in today’s interconnected global economy.

Data hacks not only provide extensive information about the “enemy,” but have the potential to destroy trust in government and industry. China has been linked to, and denied involvement in several significant hacks  including more than 20 million records of the background check  of federal employees, 80 million patient medical records, and commercial airline flight information.

Cyber-warfare is used to overwhelm networks, impacting transportation, financial institutions, and communication.

A combination of the strategies, a “grand warfare method,” attacks at multiple points either in coordinated strikes or separately, and carries with it a greater chance of success in a globalized world than outdated, single point strategies.

“Unrestricted War” may be the “Art of War” of the 21st century. That early text, attributed to a military general and strategist from the 6th century B.C., is generally accepted in Asia and the West as the definitive work on military strategy with chapters discussing legal strategy and business tactics among other aspects of conducting war successfully – or avoiding it altogether through the use of less physical and more intellectual means.

h/t TheBlaze



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