Informative article diver18, the author is a US Marine Officer, and as such, here on SDF he's automatically the "bad guy", but a very thoughtful and provocative piece,,, US military forces will no doubt face Chinese PMC on various territories around the globe, particularly where Chinese active duty military is unable to operate in the open....... as well the Chinese Military may encounter US or Western PMCs, one of his suggestions is that the UN formulate operating guidelines for all PMC's, regardless of nationality??
So it will be a growing problem, and how will we respond if two countries PMC enter into a conflict with one another?
The assumption of the article that China/Chinese PMCs will be operating against US interests automatically makes them the "bad guy" so that is a major slant and a reciprocal mirror assumption from the other side should be expected as a reaction, thereby the self-reinforcing negative spiral.In my opinion, I don't think it is propaganda since it is neither misleading nor completely biased. It is only an analysis that serves to address potential situations that may pose as a threat to US national security. If it were propaganda, it would use manipulative language and attempt to convince everyone that China is an evil spawn of the devil. However, the article is a bit immature. Chinese PMC's have demonstrated to not act as an irregular force despite their rising numbers and deployments. In addition, there hasn't been instances in which China used that political "lethal force" or any other similar power to force a country's leaders to their knees.
The article takes a big leap in singling out and highlighting Chinese PMCs with those of bigwigs US and Russia when colonial powers France and Britain, and many other countries such as the Netherlands, Israel, South Africa, Poland, Ukraine, etc not only have larger PMC capabilities than China, many of these other countries have already used them in more aggressive ways than China. So China being the lesser newcomer is not so much the main problem but rather the latest so far minor addition to the problem.
It is an interesting topic and the analysis is fair enough save for the major assumption mentioned above.