Competition Short of War – How Russia’s Hybrid and Grey-Zone Warfare Are a Blueprint for China’s Global Power Ambitions

Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies Vol. 1 No.1, 2019

16 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2019

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Sascha Dov Bachmann

Canberra Law School; NATO SHAPE; Swedish Defence University (FHS)

Andrew Dowse

Edith Cowan University

Hakan Gunneriusson

Swedish Defence University

Date Written: November 8, 2019

Abstract

China is set to build an empire where its economic, strategic and security interests in Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the Arctic will be safeguarded for generations to come. Using the concepts of hybrid warfare and grey-zone warfare, this article argues that the implementation of China’s 2015 military strategy of active defence and the territorial objectives in the 2019 Defence White Paper are being informed by examples of contemporary Russian warfare approaches.

This article compares the present Chinese aggressive foreign policy approach in the South China Sea with the precedents of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and ongoing aggression in the Ukraine. It concludes with a call for decision-makers in Australia and other Western democracies to learn from these lessons in order to counter such hybrid threats.

Keywords: Strategy, War Studies, Conflict, Grey Zone, Lawfare, China, Russia, Hybrid Warfare

JEL Classification: K33; Y5; Y50; Y8; Y80

Suggested Citation

Bachmann, Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir and Dowse, Andrew and Gunneriusson, Hakan, Competition Short of War – How Russia’s Hybrid and Grey-Zone Warfare Are a Blueprint for China’s Global Power Ambitions (November 8, 2019). Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies Vol. 1 No.1, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3483981

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Andrew Dowse

Edith Cowan University ( email )

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Hakan Gunneriusson

Swedish Defence University ( email )

Sweden

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