Dragon’s Den Dispatches: Decoding China’s Policy Playbook

Editor’s Note: This is the second in this series by Niels Groenveld.

In the intricate world of geopolitical strategy, understanding the perspectives of leading thinkers from China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia is crucial for grasping the dynamics of global power. These nations’ strategies often challenge Western hegemony, offering alternative visions of global governance and security. This article delves into the works of 13 prominent authors from China. Summaries of articles about the other countries are included in this series. Together, these articles provide an overview of each countries’ respective strategic, military, and political positions.

In the realm of geopolitical strategy, few voices resonate as profoundly as Yan Xuetong’s. A distinguished Chinese scholar, Yan has consistently illuminated the intricate pathways through which historical Chinese thought informs contemporary policies. His seminal works, “Ancient Chinese Thought, Modern Chinese Power” and “Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers,” offer a compelling synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern statecraft, shedding light on China’s strategic approach to global dominance and its leadership ethos in countering Western hegemony.

In the complex web of 21st-century geopolitics, the strategic rivalry between China and the United States has emerged as one of the most defining dynamics. This rivalry not only shapes bilateral relations but also significantly impacts global stability, influencing alliances such as NATO and the geopolitical landscape of Europe. Professor Shi Yinhong, one of China’s foremost scholars on international relations and strategic studies, provides profound insights into this intricate rivalry through his seminal works, “The U.S. and China in the Era of Global Turbulence” and “Strategic Choices: China’s Long Game.”

In the realm of geopolitical strategy, few figures are as influential and insightful as Wang Jisi. A leading Chinese intellectual, Wang has extensively examined China’s strategic objectives and its evolving role in global governance. His works, particularly “The Great Rejuvenation: China’s Quest for a Modern World Order” and “China’s Search for Security,” co-authored with Kenneth Lieberthal, provide a comprehensive understanding of China’s ambitions and the strategies it employs to achieve them. These publications offer a profound exploration of China’s efforts to reshape global governance and its approach to security concerns amidst the dynamic international arena.

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In the annals of geopolitical literature, few works resonate with the clarity and assertiveness found in Liu Mingfu’s seminal book, “The China Dream: Great Power Thinking and Strategic Posture in the Post-American Era.” This book is not just a theoretical exposition but a strategic manifesto that outlines China’s vision of ascending to the pinnacle of global power. Liu Mingfu, a retired Colonel of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), offers a meticulous roadmap for China’s path to becoming the world’s leading superpower. His insights provide a profound understanding of the strategic posture and ideological underpinnings driving China’s ambitions in the 21st century.

In the evolving landscape of global geopolitics, few countries have made as significant a mark in the 21st century as China. Central to this transformation is Liu Xiaoming, a seasoned diplomat whose publications provide a window into the strategies and philosophies underpinning China’s foreign policy. Liu’s seminal works, “The Dragon’s Diplomacy: China in the New Era” and “China and the Global South: A Strategic Partnership,” delve deep into China’s diplomatic strategies and its intricate relations with developing countries. This column aims to explore these publications in detail, elucidating the strategic imperatives driving China’s ascent on the global stage.

In the ever-evolving landscape of global power dynamics, Liu Mingfu’s “World War III: The Final Struggle” emerges as a provocative and insightful examination of potential future conflicts between China and Western alliances. Liu Mingfu, a retired PLA colonel and a prominent Chinese strategist, delves deeply into the geopolitical, military, and ideological dimensions of a hypothetical global struggle. His analysis is grounded in the current trajectory of international relations and the strategic imperatives driving China’s rise. This column explores the key themes and arguments presented in Liu’s work, providing a comprehensive understanding of his vision for the future.

Wang Huning, a preeminent Chinese scholar and political theorist, has played a crucial role in shaping China’s contemporary political thought. His work, “The Logic of Politics: A Study of Chinese Political Culture,” offers a comprehensive analysis of Chinese political thought and its strategic applications. This column delves into Wang Huning’s seminal publication, exploring the core principles that define Chinese political culture and how these principles guide China’s governance and international strategy.

In the intricate tapestry of global geopolitics, few phenomena have captured as much attention and provoked as much debate as China’s meteoric rise. At the forefront of analyzing this ascent is Dingding Chen, a prominent Chinese academic whose works, “China’s Quest for Global Primacy” and “The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy,” offer invaluable insights into China’s grand strategy and its implications for the international order. This column delves into Chen’s expert analysis, elucidating the strategic logic underpinning China’s rise and its nuanced interactions with NATO and Western countries.

In the intricate theater of global power dynamics, Zhang Wenmu emerges as a pivotal figure whose work, “The Strategic View,” offers an incisive exploration of China’s military and strategic roadmap. This seminal text dissects China’s meticulous planning and preparation to confront Western military powers, especially NATO. Zhang’s analysis provides crucial insights into how China aims to secure its position as a dominant global force amidst escalating tensions with Western alliances.

Wang Yi, a prominent Chinese diplomat and political figure, has significantly influenced China’s foreign policy and international relations. His insights are encapsulated in his seminal works “Global Governance: China’s Vision” and “Strategic Partnerships: China’s Diplomatic Strategy,” where he discusses China’s approach to global governance and the strategic use of partnerships to enhance its global influence. These publications offer a comprehensive understanding of China’s strategic ambitions and diplomatic maneuvers in the contemporary world order.

In the late 1990s, two senior colonels in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, authored a book that has since become a cornerstone of modern strategic thought. “Unrestricted Warfare: China’s Master Plan to Destroy America” explores the unconventional tactics that China might employ against the United States and its allies, revealing a comprehensive and adaptive approach to warfare that transcends traditional battlefield confrontations. This column delves deeply into the strategic insights offered by Qiao and Wang, examining how their theories align with China’s broader geopolitical ambitions and the implications for global security.

Wang Huning, a prominent Chinese scholar and political theorist, stands out as one of the most influential intellectuals shaping China’s strategic thought. His work, “America Against America,” offers profound insights into the ideological and strategic underpinnings of American society and how its internal contradictions impact its global strategy. This column delves deeply into this seminal publication, exploring Wang Huning’s critique of the United States and the implications for its role on the global stage.

In the ever-shifting landscape of global geopolitics, Zhang Wenmu stands out as a pivotal thinker whose analyses offer deep insights into China’s strategic maneuvers on the world stage. His seminal work, “China’s Rise and the New World Order,” delves into the strategic imperatives underpinning China’s ascent and the profound implications this rise holds for global power dynamics. Through Zhang’s lens, we can discern the meticulous planning and comprehensive strategies that China employs to redefine the international order and challenge Western hegemony.

Editor’s Note – This is a partial reprint from the original article at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/strategic-minds-east-deep-dive-geopolitical-chinese-north-groeneveld-p9s6e/

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Niels Groenveld Intelligence Analyst
With a strategic role at Brica Business Risk Intelligence, my expertise in cybersecurity and network security has been pivotal in identifying new business opportunities and enhancing our threat intelligence capabilities. At the heart of my professional ethos lies a commitment to safeguarding digital ecosystems and empowering organizations through actionable intelligence. As a member of the EC-Council's Threat Intelligence Advisory Board, I leveraged my vast experience to contribute to the development of industry-leading practices. My tenure at Brica and EC-Council reflects a dedicated pursuit of excellence in cyber threat analysis, underscored by a deep understanding of Maltego and proactive business development strategies.
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