Changes to come ahead of 19th National Congress as President Xi Jinping consolidates his power
China’s military is stepping up the pace of a massive reshuffle among its leadership ahead of a Communist Party congress later this year as President Xi Jinping consolidates his power within the armed forces, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Nearly 50 senior officers are due to leave their positions as part of the shake-up, including 18 full-ranking generals, two independent sources told the South China Morning Post. Continue reading
China omitted a reference to its no-first-use strategic nuclear weapons doctrine in a recently published government white paper, indicating Beijing shifted the policy as part of its large-scale nuclear arms buildup.
The omission, along with recent comments by a senior Chinese military officer, is raising new concerns among Pentagon officials about China’s nearly opaque strategic arms buildup.
Chinese Maj. Gen. Yao Yunzhu, a senior researcher at China’s Academy of Military Science, revealed earlier this month that China is considering expanding its growing nuclear arsenal in response to U.S. missile defense deployments and upgrades. Continue reading
In light of this, it’s highly recommended two read two books that were ahead of the curve and how they illustrate (by publishing date alone) that what we see transpiring just now was planned many decades ago. One could only imagine what the Chinese are up to now if we just now caught on to decades-old warfare plans. It’s often what you don’t see that hits you the hardest. Read the quotes and ask yourself if what you see happening today in general with a “recession” going on its 6th year (something no real economist has ever heard of) just happens to be what is called a ‘correction of the free market’ or something else.
The two books:
The first signs of China’s interest in cyberwarfare began with Major General Wang Pufeng, a former Director of the Strategy Department at the Academy of Military Science in Beijing. Now regarded as the founding father of “Chinese information warfare” (link in Chinese), Wang’s 1995 paper titled “The Challenge of Information Warfare” (a more literal translation of the Chinese, 信息战争与军事革命, would be “Information Technology and Military Revolution”) analyzed the way the US had used information technology to win battles. Wang urged the Chinese military to ”strive for an active approach in a reactive situation and use every means possible to destroy the opponent’s information superiority and transform our inferior position in information.”
Here’s a longer excerpt from his analysis of how cyberwarfare would play out (emphasis is ours):
The large-scale importation of information technology deep into the field of warfare will inevitably bring about a military revolution. This revolution has actually already started.Those who perceive it first will swiftly rise to the top and have the advantage of the first opportunities. Those who perceive it late will unavoidably also be caught up in the vortex of this revolution. Every military will receive this baptism. Continue reading