“Silent Contest”: Liu Yazhou’s warmed-over McCarthyismPosted: November 4, 2013 Filed under: PLA & PLAN | Tags: China-US relations, Chinese army propaganda, 较量无声, Liu Yazhou, military propaganda, National Defense University, PLA General Political Department, PLA hardliners, PLA leaked video, US-China relations, 刘亚洲, 国防大学 3 Comments
The latest “leaked” video from the PLA, and its subsequent deletion from the Mainland Chinese internet, has the western China watching community grasping for explanations. Leftist battle-cry ahead of a rightist Third Plenum? Harbinger of an assertive turn in China’s US policy? A glimpse of what the PLA really thinks? My humble addition to this motley list is: powerful statement of self-importance by the CCP-PLA propaganda apparatus?
The video itself is really quite a masterpiece in my view, produced by a master of political warfare, PLA National Defense University Political Commissar Liu Yazhou. It details how America is waging a smokeless war of “political genetic modification” against China, utilizing the permeation (渗透) and “peaceful evolution” strategy that brought down the Soviet Union.