We're Worried About China. Is China Worried About Us?

September 3, 2020 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: ChinaPeople's Liberation ArmyUnited StatesThucydides TrapU.S. Army

We're Worried About China. Is China Worried About Us?

The reality is that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) sees the U.S. as an adversary and acts accordingly.

This first appeared on the Project 2049 website here. This article first appeared for The National Interest in April 2018.

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[1]For examples of various programs, see http://tv.cctv.com/lm/fwxgc/;http://tv.cctv.com/lm/jsbd/20180402.shtml; and http://tv.cctv.com/lm/jskj/.
[2] See Andrew Chubb, "Propaganda, Not Policy: Explaining the PLA's 'Hawkish Faction,'" Jamestown China Brief, July 25, 2013, at https://jamestown.org/program/propaganda-not-policy-explaining-the-plas-hawkish-faction-part-one/.
[3] Cao Zhengrong, Wu Runbo, and Sun Jianjun (eds.), Informatized Joint Operations [信息化联合作战] (Beijing: Liberation Army Press, 2008), p. 236. Note this is from the second edition of the book. It was first written and published in 2006.
[4] Ibid. p. 241.
[5] Ibid. p. 242-262.
[6] Wu Zhizhong (ed.), Course Book on Wartime Political Work [战时政治工作教程] (Beijing: Academy of Military Sciences Press, 2013), p. 194.
[7] Ibid. pp.195-196.
[8] Zhu Hui (ed.), Research on Air Force Strategy Problems [空军战略问题研究] (Beijing: Blue Sky Press, 2014), pp. 306-371.
[9] Ibid. p. 310-315.    
[10] Ibid. p. 369-370. Note that similar anti-American terminology is seen across the spectrum of internal PLA books and field manuals, including authoritative works on topics as diverse as army operations, space warfare, and military medicine.