The UK and the West in general may be forced to capitulate “without a shot being fired” if they continue “ceding the strategic initiative” to rivals such as China and Russia, a senior British military commander has said.
“While we drained our strength in interventions like Iraq, others used the time and space to further their interests more strategically,” General Sir Patrick Sanders, commander of the UK’s Strategic Command, wrote in The Times of London on Saturday.
“China has pursued a strategy of winning without fighting, changing the terms of the international order,” he said.
Both China and Russia are “gaining a decisive advantage in military information-age technologies,” he added.
“The consequence has been a succession of strategic surprises, the erosion of strategic advantage, and the loss of initiative. Unchecked it is not unthinkable that we will find ourselves vulnerable in time to a fait accompli, where we have capitulated without a shot being fired.” (Read more from “UK Military Commander: West Must Stop Ceding Strategic Initiative To China, Russia” HERE)