The US and its military partners are reaching for new tools to counter an unconventional ”three warfares” strategy that China is using to advance aggressive territorial claims, according to a Pentagon report.
It says the People’s Liberation Army is using what it calls ”legal warfare”, ”media warfare” and ”psychological warfare” to augment its arsenal of military hardware to weaken the resolve of the US and its regional partners to defend islands and oceans in the East and South China seas.
”They have introduced a military technology which has not previously been considered as such in the West,” says the report, China: The Three Warfares, which was commissioned by the Pentagon’s most senior strategist, Andrew Marshall, and circulated to the US Pacific Fleet. This technology has ”sidestepped the coda of American military science,” it says.
The report’s warnings of China’s use of ”coercive economic inducements” and other non-traditional methods underscores Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s challenge in balancing economic and security interests, as he prepares to meet China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Friday night. This week Mr Abbott signed a landmark agreement to develop military technology with China’s arch-rival, Japan, while Australian business leaders joined a forum at Bo’ao that was initiated by representatives of a PLA ”influence” platform, as revealed last year by Fairfax Media.
Full article: US unsettled by China’s ‘three warfares’ strategy: Pentagon report (The Sidney Morning Herald)