I agree with James Holmes’s remark at RealClearDefense that the Chinese believe that they will have won a war with the U. S. if they can do so without firing a shot. They may be well on their way to doing so already. I’m not as confident as he about the “Chinese way of warmaking”. I don’t think that we know what it is and I don’t think the Chinese know what it is. The People’s Liberation Army is mostly focused inwards and has never seen major combat. Allow me to quote from a Western sage of warfare: no battle plan survives contact with the enemy.