Austin Bay: Arming Anything Including Lawyers and Balloons: China’s 1999 Handbook to Defeat America

Austin Bay

During its aerial odyssey across North America, The Big Chinese Balloon passed within range of ICBM silo sites, strategic bomber bases, key global logistics hubs (e.g. Charleston) and major Army and USAF headquarters.

The balloon didn’t just blow in the wind. Its calculated military itinerary tells sensible Americans and Canadians — sensible is a qualifier that excludes media influencers and politicians bribed or blackmailed by communist China — that the balloon was spying on critical North American defenses.

Which means it had a war mission. Note that I didn’t write “pre-war”; I wrote “war”.

I’ll explain why in a moment, but first, kudos to the Wall Street Journal’s February 20th article entitled: “China’s Newest Weapon for Grabbing Western Technology—Its Courts.”

According to the report, US and EU officials “accuse China of using its courts and patent bodies to undermine foreign intellectual property rights and help Chinese companies. They say China is focusing such efforts on industries it deems important, including technology, pharmaceuticals and rare earth minerals.”

Beijing has armed its legal system to steal technology.

Beijing’s lawfare is calculated and synchronized. According to the Journal, the EU is suing China for trying to prevent European companies from protecting their patents in courts outside China. An employee at the company lamented, “It’s confusing that so many cases went wrong at the same time.”

Actually – it’s not confusing at all.

The bottom line is that communist China is fighting a war to rule the world. To achieve this goal, the Chinese state has armed all technologies, media and means of personal and organizational interaction.

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Informed heads assure us that the study released by the People’s Liberation Army in February 1999 entitled “Unrestricted Warfare” is not a war plan. I agree that it’s not a step-by-step plan, but it is a thoughtful and deadly intellectual guide that China’s communist leaders are using to defeat the US and establish a Chinese-mandated international order.

The authors are Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui. When they wrote Unrestricted Warfare, both men were colonels in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. Qiao later became a major general.

Chapter 2 covers the full spectrum of warfare. Its title in English: “The War God’s Face Has Become Indistinct.”

Translation: In China’s long war with the US, weather balloons and legal jargon are weapons that can cripple American capabilities.

The chapter lists different types of warfare that China can use to attack and harm the US without risking a military counterattack.

Start drug warfare. The authors add this comment on selling drugs: “Making sudden and huge illegal profits by spreading disasters to other countries.” In 1999, it was one of Qiao and Wang’s speculative options. In 2023, fentanyl is ravaging American society. Beijing’s drug war weapon delivery system? Mexican cartels.

Here are some other Qiao and Wang options with their comments in parentheses.

—Psychological warfare (“spreading rumors to intimidate the enemy and break his will”).
— smuggling war (“confusing markets and attacking the economic order”).
– Media warfare (“manipulating what people see and hear to influence public opinion”).
– International legal warfare (“take the earliest opportunity to make regulations”). Using courts to steal technology is another weak point.
—Resource War (“Looting of Resource Stores”). China’s attempt to seize control of Congo’s cobalt reserves has involved crooked contracts and bribery. This is economic plunder.
—Economic Aid War (“granting open favor and inventing secret control”). Controlling affairs in secret leads to bribery, extortion and intimidation. The concept goes hand in hand with resource warfare.
—Cultural warfare (“promoting cultural trends to assimilate dissenters”). Beijing has spent billions influencing Hollywood and social media. American teenagers love the Chinese-originated TikTok app. But TikTok and similar apps are potential avenues for spying and spreading psychologically and socially destructive propaganda.

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Austin Bay is a syndicated columnist and author.


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