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China Gets Ready for War By James Reed
While the US has recently performed sabre rattling, China may be thinking about invading Taiwan, after giving the world the gift of corona. Then it will be the extra birthday gift of war, which is more than most globalist financial neo-con nihilists could possibly want, bringing all of their birthdays at once:
“Emboldened by America’s apparent distraction, China has reasserted its claims over territories in the South and East China Seas by dispatching survey and coastguard ships, leading to confrontations with vessels from Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan. It also claims to have “expelled” US warships from waters around the Paracel Islands, which it claims as its own. Last week two Chinese ships scared off a Japanese fishing boat in the waters around the Senkaku islands before the Japanese coastguard arrived and ordered the Chinese vessels to leave. On Monday Beijing declared it had an “inherent right” to patrol the waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea. A growing number of social media users in China are urging Beijing to exploit America’s preoccupation with the pandemic to invade Taiwan. At the same time, an influential state media boss in China has called for an expansion of the country’s nuclear arsenal, increasing it to 1000 warheads from its stockpile of about 300. “You don’t ask for peaceful co-existence between countries, you forge it with strategic tools, especially when we are faced with the reality that we are interacting with difficulty with a United States that is becoming increasingly irrational,” wrote Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper. … A superpower war involving China and the US has become that much easier to imagine this year, Richard Lloyd Parry writes. The pandemic, far from bringing the world together in solidarity against a common enemy, is widening fissures into cracks, and cracks into crevasses. Having reached a cautious truce in last year’s trade war, President Trump has made China’s culpability for the outbreak a central part of his re-election strategy. The status of Taiwan has again come to the fore. China’s tactics may have become bolder but the strategy remains the same: superpower dominance achieved through an inexorable growth of economic, military and political strength; a strength that is still far from being fully realised. President Xi and his strategists in the Communist Party believe that American decline, and Chinese resurgence, are matters of long-term historical inevitability, not short-term opportunism. The spectacle of Mr Trump’s erratic presidency gives them more conviction than ever. However, they understand how much they have to lose by leaping for Taiwan too early, or by provoking outright confrontation with Japan when the balance of military power is not yet decisively in their favour.
When will the war be? Probably Trump will be dispatched and senile old Joe Biden replaced by Hillary Clinton, or Mrs Obama, so my guess is that this time next year there will be bombs a plenty for all.