Economic Integration, Democratization and National Security in East Asia Shifting Paradigms in US, China and Taiwan Relations
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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