Red China’s Three-Pronged Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Weapons Attack

Before there were “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD), there were nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) weapons. NBC warfare has been a Cold War euphemism for decades, but disarmament advocates prefer WMD because the phrase is more frightening and easier understood by the average person.

The militaries in NATO and the United States have written voluminous doctrines, tactics, techniques, and procedures on the conduct of NBC warfare. Such examples include “Allied Joint Doctrine for NBC” (pdf); “Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response” (pdf); “Combat Skills of the Soldier” (chapter 5, pdf); and “Naval Warfare Publication.” These and other related military publications are accessible online, and potential adversaries such as China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been studying and wargaming them for years. Other than simple prudence, there is a specific reason for PLA interest in studying Western NBC (or WMD) doctrine: Red China has embarked on a multi-pronged campaign involving NBC warfare that is finally coming into focus.

The Chinese Communists (ChiComs) are pursuing world domination in the economic and military spheres as they seek to return China to its historical prominence as a world leader. After all, China was once the most advanced civilization in the ancient world. As noted here, “China was once the standard-setter in an advanced civilization, the center point on which the economies and cultures of much of the Earth revolved.” Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gained control of mainland China in 1949, the ChiComs have embarked on a methodical plan to resume Chinese supremacy in all human endeavors. This effort involves displacing U.S. supremacy and the post-World War II-era international system with “Chinese methods,” systems, and institutions.

The United States is the “main adversary” as far as the ChiComs and PLA are concerned. Beijing’s plan has now moved from playing “economic catch-up” via exploitation of the existing international system to overt actions directed against the United States and its allies.

Two elements of NBC warfare have already been employed against the United States: chemical and biological. The third apex of the NBC triangle—nuclear intimidation and coercion—is well along the way to becoming reality. – READ MORE

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