As China daily ramps up its threats and bullying against small neighbors and major powers alike, a few excellent books help shed light on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) hegemonic ambitions, covert strategy, and the West’s lack of response. One of the best is Stealth War by Brigadier General Robert Spalding, U.S. Air Force (USAF), retired. Spalding is a Senior Advisor with the Center for American Defense Studies (CADS).
This book is on my MUST-READ list.
Spalding calls it an “executive summary” of his almost decade-long work countering Chinese Communist Party influence.
While the book was written in 2019, it is as important today as it was three years ago. And Dr. Spalding’s expertise is unmatched. He most recently served as Senior Director for Strategy on the National Security Council (NSC) under President Donald Trump. There he was the chief architect for the still current 2017 National Security Strategy.
Earlier Spalding was a China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. Dr. Spalding also served as the senior defense official and defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
As I have often noted, the media and some partisans often suggest that Russia poses the greatest threat to America’s national security. And yes, Russia is a serious threat, and the only country able to destroy the U.S. with nuclear weapons. However, as Spalding notes, the real long-term danger lies farther east.
China has the economic muscle and growing power to try to supplant the U.S. as the world’s primary superpower by 2049 – the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Spalding argues that while those in power have been distracted, China has waged a six-front war on America’s economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure – and they’re winning. Per his book summary:
In Stealth War, Dr. Spalding reveals China’s motives and secret attacks on the West. Chronicling how our leaders have failed to protect us over recent decades, he provides shocking evidence of some of China’s most brilliant ploys, including:
- Placing Confucius Institutes in universities across the United States that serve to monitor and control Chinese students on campus and spread communist narratives to unsuspecting American students.
- Offering enormous sums to American experts who create investment funds that funnel technology to China.
- Signing a thirty-year agreement with the U.S. that allows China to share peaceful nuclear technology, ensuring that they have access to American nuclear know-how.
Spalding’s concern isn’t merely that America could lose its position on the world stage. More urgently, the CCP has a fundamental loathing of the legal protections America grants its people and seeks to create a world without those rights.
China ruled by the CCP threatens the U.S. constitutional system and the entire democratic world.
While some say that it’s almost too late to undo the shocking, though nearly invisible, CCP victories, President Trump and his team finally pushed back after three decades of American leaders ignoring or enabling China’s rise. Despite all the damage done so far, Spalding shows in his great book – Stealth War – How China Took Over as America’s Elites Slept– how it’s still possible for the U.S. and the rest of the free world to combat – and win – China’s stealth war.
If only President Biden and his team will build on Trump’s successes in the fight against Chinese dominance.