A former U.S. Marine officer, Gershaneck has served for the past three years as a visiting scholar in Taiwan, whose future has lately come into question as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fixes its forces for an invasion. In an interview on The Epoch Times’ “Crossroads,” Gershaneck urged Americans that they should be informed of the means the CCP uses in its quest to overcome Taiwan and the United States without fighting a conventional war.
“They want to win without going to kinetic, conventional, or worse types of warfare,” Gershaneck told host Joshua Philipp. “Their approach is to divide and conquer us through subversion, through infiltration, through buying media, through media warfare, through psychological warfare, through legal warfare.”
The CCP, according to Gershaneck, has been planting discord in Taiwanese and American societies so that people grow too occupied by internal struggles to understand the outside threat they are facing.
“We’re not paying attention to what the PRC is doing, whether that’s through campaign interference, election interference, whether that’s buying off, coercing, intimidating, our Major League Baseball or National Basketball Association or our major hotel chains. We just aren’t focusing on that,” he stated. “We’re so focused on fighting each other that we slowly collapse, we disintegrate without even recognizing the war that PRC is waging against us.”
Gershaneck continued that this “very vicious, internecine warfare” within the United States is making Americans and the rest of the world question themselves and the American model. As a consequence, American and global elites have adopted a totalitarian model sold by the CCP, which has no regard for human rights, the rule of law, and the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and its preceding documents.
“The concepts we were raised to believe in no longer have resonance, because the China model shows you the path to wealth,” Gershaneck explained. “… It’s the totalitarian model because we get rich from that, and we have unchallenged power as the elites in Africa, as the elites in Central Europe, as the elites in other continents. We will have unchallenged power because the PRC will give us the technology and the knowledge how to retain that power under their totalitarian China model.”
When questioned regarding media warfare, Gershaneck explained that it involves not only state-own media, but further “once legitimate” news organizations that speak on the CCP’s behalf after being taken over through money, infiltration, or coercion.
“It’s under what we used to call ‘front organizations,'” he said. “… Just buying the parent organization alone, you’re able to dictate the news content in the editorial policies of those news organizations.”