China’s “People’s War on Terror”

The People's War on TerrorThe Chinese government’s response to growing terrorism in China is evident with the beginning of what has been labeled “People’s War on Terror.”Maoist IdeologyThe commencement of the so-called People’s War displays China’s increasing interest in countering Islamist terrorism though only after experiencing a series of terrorist attacks in China. The usage of the very term “People’s War on Terror” needs to be understood in a typical Maoist fashion. The concept of People’s War is ingrained in Chinese security policy. According to the Handbook of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) (Handbook of People's Liberation Army) the People’s War doctrine is meant to:Defend China against various types of wars ranging from nuclear to limited objectivesMobilization of all resources and populationNo surrender, no collaboration even in case of defeat of armed forcesStrategic guerilla warBolstering MoralSloganeering the war in urban and rural areas…

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Farhan Zahid

Farhan Zahid earned his PhD in Terrorism Studies from the Vrije University Brussels, Belgium. By profession he is a senior police officer in Police Service of Pakistan. He writes on counter-...