China's Strategy of Political Warfare

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A short, spoken-word summary from CSIS’s Seth Jones on his report with Emily Harding, Catrina Doxsee, Jake Harrington, and Riley McCabe, Competing without Fighting: China’s Strategy of Political Warfare.

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China is conducting an unprecedented campaign below the threshold of armed conflict to expand the influence of the Chinese Communist Party and weaken the United States and its partners. This campaign involves sophisticated Chinese espionage activities, offensive cyber operations, disinformation on social media platforms, economic coercion, and influence operations targeting companies, universities, and other organizations. The scale of China’s actions in the United States is unparalleled. This report offers one of the most comprehensive analyses to date of Chinese political warfare activities and examines China’s main actions, primary goals, and options for the United States and its partners.

This report is made possible by generous support from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation.

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Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program
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Emily Harding
Director, Intelligence, National Security, and Technology Program and Deputy Director, International Security Program
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Catrina Doxsee
Fellow, Warfare, Irregular Threats, and Terrorism Program
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Jake Harrington

Jake Harrington

Former Intelligence Fellow, International Security Program
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Riley McCabe
Program Manager and Research Associate, Warfare, Irregular Threats, and Terrorism Program