How to counter China’s psychological warfare in the South China Sea

If you’re familiar with Sun Tzu’s Art of War, then you will know that what this communist China is doing in the South China Sea is a kind of psychological warfare.

To fight and conquer in all your battles, said Sun Tzu, is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence, according to him, consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

To win without fighting is something very strange but this military general, strategist, and philosopher of ancient China was able to successfully use such a tactic, by convincing and helping the king of his time, to win impossible battles.

Perhaps Sun Tzu’s greatest military achievements, in my humble opinion, should not be focused alone on what he did in actual combats that gained him victories, but in the important role he was playing to teach and provide military insights to the leaders, warriors, and conquerors of his time and in the generations that followed.

So the question is how you’re going to counter someone who uses a psychological warfare in a particular situation to advance his interests? And that’s aside from the fact that this someone who try to bully you is far bigger in size, and stronger than you are.

Counter psychological warfare with exactly just the same

So what if, compared to the Philippines, China is superior militarily, economically, and has the world’s largest population? Would that also mean that the world is giving her the license to disregard her neighbor’s sovereign right to co-exist?

Counter psychological warfare with exactly just the same. If China sends her war ships in the Philippine claimed areas, the Philippines must as well send her best ships to warn or remind the invaders that they have had trespassed a foreign territory. That’s not a provocative action; that’s a self-defense and the right thing to do.

To think that by sending our war ships in the said area will only make the situation worse is such a foolish idea. The territorial dispute we had with China must be dealt in both the diplomatic and psychological aspects of it.

What will you do if a 240-pounder person breaks into your gate and put a marker in this or that area saying, these areas here are mine? Naturally, you will get angry. But you have to arm yourself with whatever is available to you at that particular moment, perhaps a big stick, and then to walk towards that person.

No matter how poor a household is, I’m sure it is still equipped with a kitchen knife or a bolo. But a big stick, in my humble opinion, is ideally a good one to carry so it would show that you’re serious and that he was badly messing up with you. You are going to speak softly to that person by asking: Man, what’s your problem?

Psychological warfare is just the beginning

You have to think of the situation as a game of chess. It is at that particular point of key positioning the pieces that a psychological warfare must be applied which is, of course, purposed for one’s own advantage. Once the psychological part is triumphed, it would be easy to achieve success in the actual combat when necessary.

So the Philippines must not give in to China. You, the ordinary Juan de la Cruz of the Republic of the Philippines, are in the right position; China is the villain here, the Rogue State. You have to do everything to defend what is truly yours.  You have to do what it takes, and what you can afford to do, to resist China’s illegal occupation of your sovereign lands and waters.

If China is going to use force and starts sinking Philippine Navy commissioned ships within Philippine waters, it will surely backfire on her. The international community will condemn her barbaric act and she will be taught a very hard lesson. She will not do that, but you must be ready.


  1. I think chinese government is comfortable to be called "vellain". That's actually what they are.

    1. The story needs a villain so the good guy can shine. But the good guy must play his role well.


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