CHINESE POLITICAL WARFARE
China under President Xi Jinping is engaged in political warfare against the United States, according to a think tank study.Under Mr. Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission, power has been centralized and new structures for conducting political warfare operations have been set up, according to a report on political coercion by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
The report quotes one of Mr. Xi’s closest political allies, Vice President Wang Qishan, as saying the Chinese leader has one message: “Ensuring the leading role of the Communist Party in all aspects of life … the party, government, military, society, education, north, south, east, west — the party leads everything.”
As a result, China today is ruled by a communist dictator with extraordinary personal power whose political ideology has been enshrined in the constitution, the report said. Any notion that China could evolve into a more democratic system is now viewed as “exceedingly remote.”
“A key conclusion is that, as Xi Jinping directs political warfare operations against the United States and its allies and partners, there is little resistance from the party or from any other quarter in China,” the report said.
Chinese political warfare against the United States aims to influence overseas Chinese to accept Beijing’s policies and to insulate them from what Beijing regards as the corrupting influence of Western democracies.
Senior U.S. leaders in politics, government, media, business, educational institutions, law enforcement and defense forces also are major targets of China’s political warfare efforts.
The Chinese are engaged in operations that seek to shape U.S. policies through influencing the government, media, academia and other organizations to accept and support Beijing’s worldview.
“A typical theme is the inexorable rise of China to dominate the Indo-Pacific and surpass the United States, implying it is futile for locals to resist,” the report said. “In all of these political warfare operations, Chinese agencies strive to communicate a consistent Marxist-Leninist ideological narrative.”
Key political warfare operations have included the mobilization of overseas Chinese to oppose anti-Beijing views, funding pro-Chinese groups and institutions with hundreds of millions of dollars, and providing funds to key former foreign officials and other influential people who can back Beijing policies.
Another major effort has been “large-scale information operations to build influence within and coerce Western media organizations,” the report said.