US Needs to Fight Back Against China’s ‘Political Warfare,’ Expert Warns Senators

The Chinese regime is waging political warfare against the United States and U.S. policymakers need to recognize it for what it is, warned former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger. “We’ve failed to adequately appreciate I think one of the most threatening elements of Chinese strategy, and that’s the way it seeks to influence and coerce Americans, including political, business, and scientific leaders, in the service of Beijing’s ambitions,” said Pottinger on Aug. 4 during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. The regime’s different methods to achieve that strategy have been a “manifestation of political warfare,” Pottinger explained, taking a cue from former U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan. Kennan—best known for formulating the U.S. policy of “containment” to oppose the Soviet Union following World War II—used the term “political warfare” in his 1948 memorandum, in which he described it as “the employment of all the means at a nation’s command, short of …Read More

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