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China, master in the Art of War


A FRIEND who is a builder tells me that his contracts are being delayed by a shortage of ‘window glue’. He says it is because a factory in China which makes this mysterious compound has closed down. Is this a small skirmish in China’s war with the West, a war of which most people are unaware?

When I was at university in the early 1970s my academic tutor was a formidable middle-aged Australian woman called Coral Bell. As she smoked her way through her tutorials she regaled us with her vast experience of international diplomacy. The single word that stuck with me during those pungent times was ‘irredentism’, as in Chinese irredentism: the desire of the Chinese to do whatever they thought necessary to right what they saw as the territorial and cultural wrongs inflicted upon them by the Japanese and the ‘West’. 

In the fifth century BC, Sun Tzu wrote his epic The Art of War. It seems that the Chinese Communist Party is an adherent of its recommendations and in particular its central tenet, ‘The greatest victory is that which requires no battle’.

As the West destroys itself with confected cultural conflicts, Net Zero and medical fascism, it is possible to see how the tenets of Sun Tzu are being used to hasten that destruction.

‘The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin.’

In his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man, Francis Fukuyama argued that the ending of the Cold War heralded the end point of humanity’s ideological evolution. He believed that Western liberal democracy had proved itself to be the ultimate and final form of human government, and a system that was the template for a peaceful and prosperous world.

His thesis has not aged well. Contemporary liberal democracy is being exposed as hollow and a device to enable billionaires to manipulate and oppress with the help of ‘philanthropic’ global institutions. China is one of many countries which do not subscribe to Fukuyama’s ideal. China realises that survival and progress compels conflict.

 ‘All warfare is based on deception.

For more than 75 years neocons in the US have believed in the misconception that the USSR/Russia rather than China was its primary threat. The likes of Victoria Nuland and Lindsey Graham have been cheerleaders for Nato’s response to the crisis in Ukraine.

As the West destroys itself by normalising fuel poverty, China increases its purchases of Russian oil and gas.

‘To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.’

The response in the West to the Wuhan flu has benefited China immensely. Not only have they gorged themselves on contracts for mostly useless PPE, they have avoided implanting the notorious mRNA spike proteins in their population, instead using the placebo that is Sinovac.

‘Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy’s purpose.

The ‘enemy’s purpose’ could be described as the desire of a large percentage of the population to use debt to buy unnecessary chattels made in China, and for companies from Apple to Disney to give a tenuous, short time boost to their bottom line by surrendering whatever principles they had to the dictates of the CCP.

Amazon have been careful not to offend the CCP. They co-operated with them to create China Books, a platform for Chinese approved literature. Such initiatives have allowed Amazon to make significant progress with their lucrative web services in China

‘In war, practise dissimulation, and you will succeed.

To encourage the original lockdowns, we were treated to the theatrics of actors falling over in the street, of mannequins in hospital beds and of doors being welded shut. To encourage the next lockdowns the people of Shanghai have been ‘Shanghaied’ by the CCP, to give the WEF puppets a new template for future ‘variants of concern’.

‘If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in.

The suicidal obsession by the Western idiot class with Net Zero gives China multiple advantages. 

The obligation to transfer to all things electric before the infrastructure is anywhere near adequate will destroy the European motor industry and irreparably harm a range of industries from tourism to steel manufacturing.

China has been the largest international financier of coal projects during the last decade. It is currently supporting around 50GW of overseas coal plants under construction with another 50GW being planned.

‘He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight’ . . . ‘If equally matched, we can offer battle; if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy; if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him’ . . . ‘If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.’

China will not rush to invade Taiwan. It will wait until the US is in further disarray, and economically and militarily weaker than China. That will happen very soon now that the demented Biden has demanded that the USA military hardware becomes carbon-neutral, and its service personnel gender-confused, jabbed liabilities.

Whilst China continues to amass trade surpluses, US debt and unfounded liabilities amount to $259trillion.

‘The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success.’

Chinese children are militarised by being taught to recite: ‘You don’t need your mother, you don’t need your father. All you need is your country.’ Western children are taught to fear the weather and contemplate their pronouns.

‘Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength’ . . . ‘Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

The CCP has excelled at simulation. Using bots, faked video clips and invented medical experts, governments and individuals in liberal democracies swallowed the Covid-19 scare stories hook, line and sinker. The lockstep lockdown policies that were subsequently instituted have ruined lives and economies.

The recent lockdowns in Shanghai, North Korea and elsewhere encourage the theatre to continue.

‘Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.

China is first in the field in the production of electric vehicles. In 2021, China sold a total of 3.31million, accounting for a 53 per cent share of the global market. The Ukrainian conflict and the lockdowns in Shanghai will erode already stretched supply chains and will enhance China’s dominance. 

China also has a stronghold on the lithium-ion battery supply chain. In 2020 it had an estimated 80 per cent of the world’s raw material refining, 77 per cent of cell capacity and 60 per cent of component manufacturing. 

The desire of the West to phase out petrol and diesel cars will further destroy what is left of their manufacturing industries.

All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.’

In 2012 President Trump warned the world: ‘The concept of global warming was created by the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.’ Through its support for research by individuals such as climate alarmist Andrew Dessler, (‘I won’t debate the science, the science is set’), Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University, China has helped create the panic that is crippling the West and which will inevitably lead to social disruption. 

‘Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.

Or maybe an infinite variety of variants.

At the beginning of the Covid-19 panic in 2020, World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was ‘very impressed and encouraged by President Xi’s detailed knowledge of the outbreak’, and the next day praised China for ‘setting a new standard for outbreak response’. Tedros is clearly a friend of China. Between 2012 and 2016 when he was Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, the country reportedly borrowed $13billion from China.

The impending WHO Pandemic Treaty will give China further opportunities to dictate international responses to real or imagined health emergencies.

‘Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.’

The disruptions to supply chains caused by the reaction to the so-called pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine may be seen by China as the perfect time to add to worldwide procurement problems by effectively blockading Shanghai on the absurd excuse of eliminating the Omnicron Covid variantThe residents of Shanghai have unwittingly been used as ‘troops’ by the CCP.

‘What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.

China has made contacts with those in powerful positions to gain leverage in negotiations. The Biden crime family is reported by the New York Post to have been paid $31million ‘arranged by individuals with direct ties to Chinese intelligence – some reaching the very top of China’s spy agency’. 

Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases notoriously funded the EcoHealth Alliance to conduct gain-of-function research on viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 

‘You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended.’

Western universities have certainly been undefended and eager to take money from whatever source. For many institutions it is not enough to be compromised by the Gates Foundation. In October 2015, during a visit by Xi to Imperial College London, Professor Alice Gast described the university’s role to be ‘the premier partner for research collaborations with China’. 

In March 2020, Professor Ferguson from Imperial College predicted up to 500,000 deaths in the UK from the Wuhan virus if certain measures were not taken. 

Professor Peter Nolan of Jesus College, Cambridge, has been given a £3.7million donation to the university from the Chong Hua foundation, a trust allegedly controlled by the daughter of Wen Jiabao, a former Chinese prime minister. Nolan also sits on the board of China International Capital Corporation (CICC), a Chinese state-backed investment bank.  He recently advised his colleagues to avoid discussing contentious subjects relating to the CCP lest they be seen as ‘a campaigning college for freedom for Hong Kong, freedom for the Uighurs’.

Nolan’s case illustrates the risks of the Chinese government’s influence in UK universities. The chair of the Commons Foreign Select Committee and China Research Group, Tom Tugendhat, describes the problem as a ‘gentle, drip, drip, drip of silence’ as academics avoid controversial topics.

The influence isn’t always as blatant as a professorship being funded by organisations with links to the Chinese state. Nine UK universities depend on Chinese students for more than 20 per cent of their tuition fee income, leaving them vulnerable to potential sanctions. Specific donations are also common: Oxford University recently renamed the 120-year-old Wykeham professorship in return for a £700,000 donation from Tencent, the Chinese software company.

‘O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy’s fate in our hands.

In 2018 Pope Francis signed an accord with the CCP that gave the Chinese authority the right to nominate candidates for regional bishops. Some of those nominated had been excommunicated by Pope Benedict. 

Since that agreement, which has recently been renewed, the Catholic hierarchy in China has sought to ingratiate itself with the Communist Party and trumpets the slogan ‘one direction, one road, one flag’ to signify its loyalty to Beijing.

Not for Francis the example of the English martyrs whose blood fertilised the ground that nurtured a vibrant religious revival.

Despite the accord, one of the Catholic Church’s most senior members, 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen was recently arrested in Hong Kong for breaking China’s national security law.

‘Walk in the path defined by rule, and accommodate yourself to the enemy until you can fight a decisive battle.’

It was naively hoped that when China joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001, it would become a responsible, rule-abiding member and that membership would encourage its transition to a western-style democracy. Using joint venture partnerships, forced technology transfer and flouting intellectual property, China has ridden roughshod over WTO rules.

Despite its massive growth during the past 20 years, China has been allowed to maintain its status as a developing nation which allows it preferential treatment.

At first, then, exhibit the coyness of a maiden, until the enemy gives you an opening; afterward, emulate the rapidity of a running hare, and it will be too late for the enemy to oppose you.’ 

Brent North Labour MP Barry Gardiner certainly gave Chinese spy Christine Lee an opening as he accepted £425,000 from her for ‘office expenses’. The expensively educated dope (St Andrews, Harvard, Corpus Christi) obviously thought that such generosity from a stranger was quite normal. 

China has chosen its targets well. By dangling money and imaginary influence in their faces, it has compromised politicians, Silicon Valley, the Catholic Church, the WHO, universities and multiple other organisations.

‘The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.’

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John Ellwood
John Ellwood
John is the father of four beautiful girls. He is, thankfully, not knowingly related to Tobias Ellwood. ‘My Dear Friends . . . ’ a compilation of many of John’s contributions to TCW Defending Freedom is available in paperback and on Kindle.

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