US Needs New Strategy To Combat Russian, Chinese ‘Political Warfare’: CSBA

WASHINGTON: Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections is just the tip of an iceberg of ongoing, systematic subversion, argues a new report released today. From Beijing’s bullying of Chinese students abroad, forcing them to lobby for the regime on matters like Taiwan and Tibet, to Moscow’s online support for radicals in Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands, both Russia and China are waging political warfare worldwide in ways democracies are ill-equipped to deal with, says the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments.

The West needs a new strategy, CSBA says — starting with a better intellectual framework for what’s going on than “competition.” While the report doesn’t criticize Defense Secretary Jim Mattis directly, his National Defense Strategy consistently talks about “strategic competition.” But competition implies rules, for one thing, which Moscow and Beijing don’t accept. ..Read More..

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