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In 1999, Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, two army colonels of the People’s Republic of China, wrote the book Unrestricted Warfare—China’s Master Plan to Destroy America. It is essentially a strategic military manual reflecting China’s game plan for war with the United States.

The book, translated by the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002, begins with a thorough introduction by Al Santoli, an American author, historian and director of Asia America Initiative—an organization promoting assistance for and stabilization of developing nations throughout the Asia Pacific region. As an expert on Asian Pacific dynamics and trends, Mr. Santoli identified China’s involvement in the al-Qaeda terrorist network. He stressed the likelihood that China had played a larger role than believed in training al-Qaeda in the principles of Unrestricted Warfare: “In June 2002, The Washington Times reported that U.S. intelligence has confirmed that before the September 11 attacks, China’s military provided training for Afghanistan’s Taliban and its al-Qaeda supporters.”

Mr. Santoli added, “In reporting the dramatic intelligence finding in The Washington Times, Bill Gertz, the premier American national security journalist, adds, the information was ‘surprising to U.S. intelligence officials…[who] do not know why the Chinese provided the military training to Islamic radicals.’”

According to Major General John K. Singlaub, U.S. Army (ret.), former chief of staff of U.S. forces in Korea “The 9-11 attacks may have been just the beginning of Unrestricted Warfare. Many terrorist nations and groups will try to imitate this operation…and China’s war book Unrestricted Warfare will be their text.”

Reactions to September 11, 2001

The introduction of the book states that, while people around the world recoiled in horror as they witnessed 9/11 unfold, this tragedy was greeted with applause by China’s official state media: “Soon after September 11, London’s Telegraph reported that ‘the Chinese state-run propaganda machine is cashing in on the terror attacks…producing books, films and video games glorifying the strikes as a humbling blow against an arrogant nation.’”

President Jiang Zemin reportedly watched and re-watched with glee the footage of the World Trade Center attack.

In the documentary Attack America, produced by Beijing Television, a video of the jets crashing into the buildings was shown while the narrator said, “This is the America the whole world has wanted to see. Blood debts have been repaid in blood. America has bombed other countries and used its hegemony to deny the natural rights of others without paying the price.”

China’s Game Plan

Co-author Qiao Liang explained in an interview how the U.S. could be attacked, stating that the first rule of unrestricted warfare is that there are no rules, “with nothing forbidden.” His book reveals that China is preparing to confront the United States and its allies with multidimensional attacks on almost every aspect of social, economic and political life. This includes waging the following types of warfare: Financial warfare (entering and subverting banking and stock markets); smuggling warfare (flooding the markets with illegal or pirated goods); cultural warfare (influencing cultural biases or accelerating social degeneracy); drug warfare (flooding the country with illicit drugs); media and fabrication warfare (manipulating foreign media, bribing journalists, etc.); technological warfare (creating monopolies and independently setting standards); resource warfare (gaining control of scarce natural resources; controlling market value); psychological warfare (dominating the nation’s perception of its strengths and weaknesses); network warfare (dominating or subverting transnational information systems); international law warfare (subverting policies of multinational’s views of legal rulings); environmental warfare (contaminating or altering the environment); and economic aid warfare (controlling the targeted country through aid dependency).

In Their Own Words

Here are a few excerpts taken from the training manual:

  • “Modern weapon systems have made it possible for [American soldiers] to be far removed from any conventional battlefield, and they can attack the enemy from a place beyond his range of vision where they need not come face to face with the dripping blood that comes with killing. All this has turned each and every soldier into a self-effacing gentleman who had just as soon avoid the sight of blood. The digital fighter is taking over the role formerly played by the ‘blood and iron’ warrior—a role that for thousands of years has now been challenged” (p. 33).

  • “From the military standpoint, then, the traditional war is characterized by the use of limited resources to fight an unlimited war. This characteristic invariably puts national forces in an extremely unfavorable position, even before war breaks out, since the national forces must always conduct themselves according to certain rules and therefore are only able to use their unlimited resources to fight a limited war. This explains how a terrorist organization made up of just a few inexperienced members who are still wet behind the ears can nevertheless give a mighty country like the U.S. headaches, and also why ‘using a sledgehammer to kill an ant’ often proves ineffective. The most recent proof is the case of the two explosions that occurred simultaneously at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. The advent of bin Laden-style terrorism has deepened the impression that a national force, no matter how powerful, will find it difficult to gain the upper hand in a game that has no rules” (p. 41).

  • “When ‘a military gives excessive focus on dealing with a certain specified type of enemy,’ this can possibly result in their being attacked and defeated by another enemy outside their field of vision” (p. 121).

  • “Whether it be the intrusions of hackers, a major explosion at the World Trade Center [note that this was written in 1999], or a bombing attack by bin Laden, all these greatly exceed the frequency band widths understood by the American military. The American military is naturally inadequately prepared to deal with this type of enemy psychologically…” (p.122).

  • Although Bible prophecy does not show that China will launch a unilateral attack upon America and other allied nations, it does indicate that China will play a significant role on the world scene.


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