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13 June 2016                                                              



(Washington, DC): Ever since Richard Nixon opened relations with Communist China, Chinese intentions have been a matter of incessant and often fevered speculation in this country. In particular, national security and regional experts, non-governmental organizations and office-holders alike have endlessly debated whether the People’s Republic of China could be brought into a U.S.-dominated international order and world economy in a manner consistent with American interests.

We now know the answer this this question. Veteran national security journalist Bill Gertz, in a 13 May 2016 Washington Free Beacon article, described a new Pentagon report that concluded China’s military underwent a major restructuring last year. What is particularly alarming was the report’s conclusion that the purpose of that Chinese reorganization is to prepare for war. According to Mr. Gertz, it is meant to enable the PRC to execute updated strategies to conduct regional and cyber warfare, to seize control of the South China Sea, to dominate space and to expand the Chinese military’s capability to operate far from Chinese territory.

Admiral James “Ace” Lyons introduces the themes of the new book

Earlier this spring, the Center for Security Policy asked some of America’s most thoughtful national security professionals and “China hands” to examine the state and implications of such Chinese preparations. The result is a collection of their essays entitled, Warning Order: China Prepares for Conflict and Why We Must Do the Same. They document how, under successive regimes in Beijing – and most especially that of the PRC’s incumbent ruler, Xi Jinping – the Chinese have relentlessly striven to put themselves in a position to challenge, and ultimately to displace, the post-World War II Pax Americana with a new order. The unmistakable objective of the Communist Chinese is to return their nation to what has long been considered its rightful place as the Middle Kingdom, the preeminent global power, strategically and economically.Google ChromeScreenSnapz001

In addition to Bill Gertz, the other contributors to Warning Order are: Gordon Chang, Dean Cheng, Fred Fleitz, Kevin Freeman, Admiral Ace Lyons, Dr. Peter Navarro, Lindsey Neas and Senator JimTalent. Center President Frank Gaffney provides a foreword. The authors’ clear-eyed and well-documented assessments, that draw upon their various perspectives and fields of expertise, expose a reality that can no longer be safely ignored: China is putting itself in a position to engage in conflict with the United States across a broad front and potentially with decisively devastating results. This prospect has been exacerbated by huge defense budget and force structure cuts under the Obama administration.

On the occasion of the publication of this newest product of the Center for Security Policy Press, Frank Gaffney remarked:

Warning Order could not be more timely. Its extraordinary contributors have rendered a real public service by putting policymakers and the public on notice about Chinese ambitions and preparations for conflict. In so doing, they make it abundantly clear that America must make a dramatic policy course-correction – or face the dire strategic, economic and security repercussions of its possibly violent displacement as the dominant power in the Pacific and an indispensable, stabilizing factor in East Asia.

Warning Order is available for purchase in Kindle and paperback format at It also can be downloaded for free at


A PDF of the newly released monograph is embedded below:



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