[September 15, 2022](The Epoch Times columnist Lee Smith / Qu Zhizhuo compiled) The Chinese Communist Party is at war with the United States, although most of our political and military leaders do not see it.According to a retired brigadier generalRobert Spalding(Robert Spalding), this is because they are not trained to understandCCPHow to combine its economic, military, diplomatic, technological and communications capabilities to launch against our arch-enemy”Unrestricted warfare“.
On the latest episode of EpochTV’s “Over the Target Live,” I discuss with Spalding why America is hard to understandCCPThe nature and extent of the threat.
“I had to train myself to look at these patterns because it’s a completely different way of thinking and our (American) brains can’t understand the level of political warfare between the CCP and the Chinese military. That’s how they were taught. I learned It’s a different kind of war,” said the retired Air Force officer who flew the B-2 stealth bomber.
Spalding said that studying China’s political warfare requires “understanding the new context of warfare, which is actually more about emotion and psychology, and the control of propaganda.”
Spalding was a military attache at the U.S. embassy in Beijing at the start of Donald Trump’s presidency. He later moved to the White House, where he served as senior director of strategic planning. After leaving the administration in 2018, he was determined to help Americans understand China’s war on the West and to expose “the main blueprint for China’s efforts to replace the United States as the world’s economic, political and ideological leader.”
According to Spalding, a 1999 book titled “Unrestricted warfareThis key theory is outlined in a pamphlet for Mr. Spalding. In his recent book, War Without Rules, Spalding deciphers this difficult, verbose, and obscure CCP text. These The text tells the story of the Beijing regime’s all-encompassing struggle against the United States.
Spalding explained that the authors developed the strategy in response to the 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis.
“During that time (President Bill Clinton) sent two aircraft carriers to the Taiwan Strait because China was launching missiles into the Strait, and Clinton wanted them to put that off,” Spalding said in the interview.
With the CCP facing “an incredible war machine,” Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui were “tasked to come up with a theory against a very powerful United States.”
Their key conclusion was to avoid direct military conflict with the United States. Instead, the CCP has used tools provided by the United States and other Western democracies, such as trade and economic relationships, and the international institutions at their disposal to their advantage. The authors argue that globalization and the vast information platform provided by the Internet will further advance the CCP’s tools of war.
As Spalding wrote in War Without Rules, Unrestricted Warfare employs “all means, force or non-force, military and non-military, lethal and non-lethal, to compel the enemy to accept that it is in his own interest conditions.” Spalding wrote that in unrestricted warfare, the only rules are “no rules.”
China’s most successful campaign to date has been to exploit the COVID-19 virus. In War without Rules, Spalding distinguishes between speculation that the CCP engineered COVID-19 as a bioweapon in a lab and a less extreme but proven scenario: CCP exploits a sudden crisis to advance its own interests and harm its adversaries.”
“If you understand the nature of unrestricted warfare,” Spalding said in an interview with “Crossing the Goal Live,” “you can see what they’re doing with the coronavirus. The virus is not the point, the point is that the CCP can use the virus to generate Fear, … because of the CCP’s connections to the West, they are able to use those connections to export fear to[Western societies].”
To spread fear, the CCP has used institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was reportedly influenced by the Chinese Communist Party. When China first imposed the lockdown, the World Health Organization “said it was unprecedented. It’s not part of our pandemic protocol,” Spalding said.
The group then changed its tune, seemingly guided by its ties to the CCP. Spalding said the World Health Organization later claimed that the “lockdown stopped the spread of the virus,” thus encouraging the rest of the free world to largely embrace the lockdown as well.
Spalding spoke of an outbreak prediction model developed at Imperial College London. The model radically overstated the dangers of COVID-19, and has since sparked a flurry of studies praising China’s lockdown. Through various Chinese institutions, Beijing “has been paying tens of millions of dollars to Imperial College London, which Xi Jinping himself visited in 2015,” Spalding said.
Using Western institutions as tools of political warfare to spread fear, the CCP shapes decisions that ultimately destroy economies, communities, families and lives. In addition, tactics employed by Western officials, such as lockdowns, extensive news and social media censorship of medical opinions challenging the official narrative of COVID, and mandatory vaccinations, have violated the freedoms that are the bedrock of Western society.
And that’s exactly what the CCP’s political warfare campaign is all about — undermining the West’s position as a defender of freedom. According to Spalding, Beijing is “at war with democratic principles.”
“They saw that … the idea of freedom was an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party,” he said. “They were always concerned that their people might be awakened by these principles of freedom. So they did everything they could to insulate their people from the West. The real way for them to survive in the long term is to make sure the West is no longer a democracy.”
How do the United States and other Western democracies protect their principles and people from totalitarian regimes? How does this regime use whatever tools it has at its disposal—including those we have developed for peaceful purposes—to lay siege to us?
This issue is compounded by the fact that a large portion of the Western ruling class has been affected by the CCP’s unrestricted war against us, or worse, willingly cooperated with the CCP in this war.
About the Author:
Lee Smith is a veteran journalist whose work has appeared on the Real Clear Investigations website, the Federalist website, and the Tablet online magazine. He is the author of The Permanent Coup and The Plot Against the President.
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