Chinese Dream Defensive Not for World HegemonyPosted: January 7, 2017
American military expert Bill Gertz shows his dire misunderstanding of China in its new book “iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age,” (Threshold Editions).
He knows US infrastructures are poor and vulnerable but he utterly misunderstand China in describing what China demands from its cyber attack at the US: “withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Asia to areas no farther west than Hawaii, and an end to all military relationships with nations in Asia”.
Is China so stupid as to have US withdraw of its forces from Asia and sever its military relationship with Asian nations? US forces and military alliance in Asia do China no harm as China’s strategy is active defense. Due to that strategy, if China regards the US as its enemy, it shall, on the contrary, welcome US forces and alliances in Asia because:
1. The US will waste its funds in maintaining its forces in Asia and protecting its Asian allies and thus have less financial resources in developing weapons that really threaten China.
2. If China regards the US as its enemy, it shall sow discord between the US and its allies in Asia. That is the strategy of subduing the enemy with diplomacy. It’s better than subduing the enemy with fighting according to Chinese gifted strategist Sun Tzu’s teachings. However, if the US maintains its forces in Asia, there will be discord even if China does nothing as due to US lack of financial resources, there will be growing discord between the US and its allies over the costs of maintaining US forces in Asia.
3. China is now able to destroy US forces in Asia by exploiting its geographic advantages. In a war between the US and China, the more US troops in Asia, the more China can annihilate them near China leaving less US navy to cut China’s trade lifelines in the oceans.
Gertz fails to really understand China’s Chinese dream. Chinese dream is defensive instead of offensive. It seeks the rejuvenation of China as a great nation from a century of humiliation by Western and Japanese powers.
It is not a new goal as almost all Chinese leaders from Sun Yet-sen, Chiang Kai-shek to Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao pursued that goal. None of those Chinese leaders have ever pursued world hegemony, nor has China in its thousands of years of history.
Maybe Gertz knows that but tries to demonize China with his book. So many media, China experts, analysts and scholars outside China have been doing things similar to Gertz’s. I do not know whether they all misunderstand China or are demonizing China.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Washington Free Beacon’s article, full text of which can be found at http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinese-information-warfare-panda-eats-shoots-leaves/.