Shifting Paradigms in US, China and Taiwan Relations
Edited by Peter C.Y. Chow
Chapter 15: China’s Strategy: ‘Licking the US Without Firing a Shot’
15. China’s strategy: ‘Licking the US without ﬁring a shot’ Alexander K. Young Beijing is pursuing a secret plan of establishing a world order, headed by ‘Imperial China’, sometime in the latter half of the twenty-ﬁrst century. The only country standing in the way is the United States, the current sole superpower. Beijing is keenly aware that if the US obstructs China’s ultimate goal and a military conﬂict broke out by miscalculations, a dragon–eagle war would mortally wound both. Hence China is resorting to Sun Tzu’s art of war, the art of the ancient Chinese military strategist who declared over 2000 years ago: ‘The best strategy is not winning 100 victories in 100 wars, but defeating the enemy without going to war.’ Unfortunately, the US is often helping China instead of ﬁghting it. A DOMESTIC STRATEGY China is trying to lick the United States without ﬁring a shot through a threefold domestic, US-speciﬁc and international strategy. Like Japan after the Meiji Restoration, China is aware that the only way to wipe clean the 150 years of a shameful history of falling into a semi-colony and to claim its rightful place in the sun as a sovereign independent state is to become a strong military power, that one must ﬁrst become a wealthy nation, and that domestic stability is a precondition for both. ‘A Socialist Market Economy’ It was Deng Xiao Ping who radically changed China’s course in 1978 from Mao Zedong’s continuing revolution and the Soviet-type...
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