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The Chinese Way of War

Andrew Scobell

in The Evolution of Operational Art

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199599486
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595806 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599486.003.0008
The Chinese Way of War

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This chapter examines Chinese operational art, taking as its point of departure the rise of the Communist movement in the 1920s and the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Drawing on the writings of Sun Tzu, Zhuge Liang, and Mao Zedong, and on contemporary doctrines and experiences from both conventional war and guerrilla warfare, the author identifies the hallmarks of China's operational art as the combination of orthodox and unorthodox elements, a mixture of human factors and technology, and a blend of offensive and defensive priorities, as well as mobile and positional warfare. In addition, Chinese forces sometimes fight for show, sometimes for military victory, and sometimes for both.

Keywords: China; Sun Tzu; Mao Zedong; operational art; doctrine; warfare; strategy; protracted warfare; irregular warfare

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Subjects: International Relations ; Political Theory

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