The Information Component of Cold War II with China

◎ President Trump has assembled and enabled a national security team that is focused on China’s existential threat to America’s core interests and is attuned to engage it on the information and values front.


Well before the coronavirus fuse was lit in Wuhan and exploded into a global pandemic, the Trump administration was moving toward a confrontation with the People’s Republic of China in the realm of information warfare. Communist China has waged the ideological component of Cold War II for decades without a serious response from the United States — until now.

President Trump has assembled and enabled a national security team that is focused on China’s existential threat to America’s core interests, and Western values generally, and is attuned to engage it on the information and values front.

First published in The Hill.

Joseph Bosco served as China country director for the Secretary of Defense from 2005 to 2006 and as Asia-Pacific director of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief from 2009 to 2010. He is a nonresident fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies and the Institute for Taiwan-American Studies, and has held nonresident appointments in the Asia-Pacific program at the Atlantic Council and the Southeast Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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