Article: China's 'Three Warfares' in Perspective

I wrote another piece for War on the Rocks appearing January 30, 2018. The article places the People’s Liberation Army’s approach to information/influence operations in the context of the Chinese Communist Party. Western analysts, especially those focused on the PLA, need to focus more on understanding the Party. To read, click here.

Key Takeaways:

  • To understand China’s influence operations, start with the Party, not the PLA
  • The ‘Three Warfares’ are the PLA’s contribution to the Party’s effort to build political power
  • PLA political warfare capabilities include military operations, propaganda, and intelligence/influence networks 
  • Read Party documents!

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