Unrestricted Warefare is a book on military strategy written in 1999 by two colonels in the People's Liberation Army, Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui. Its primary concern is how a nation such as People's Republic of #China can defeat a technologically superior opponent (such as the #UnitedStates ) through a variety of means. Rather than focusing on direct military confrontation, this book instead examines a variety of other means, including political warfare. Such means also include using legal tools (see Lawfare) and economic means as leverage over one's opponent and circumvent the need for direct military action.
The book argues that the primary weakness of the United States in military matters is that the US views revolution in military thought solely in terms of technology. The book further argues that to the US, military doctrine evolves because new technology allows new capabilities. As such, the book argues that the United States does not consider the wider picture of military strategy, which includes legal and economic factors. The book proceeds to argue that the United States is vulnerable to attacks along these lines.