The latest statements from Xi Jinping (President of China 🇨🇳) hint at a possible conflict between the Chinese government & the United States 🇺🇸.
China’s leader Xi Jinping hit out at the United States with unusually direct comments as he called on the country’s private companies to “fight” alongside the Communist Party at a time of mounting challenges at home and abroad.
“[In the past five years,] Western countries led by the United States have contained and suppressed us in an all-round way, which has brought unprecedented severe challenges to our development,” Xi told a group of government advisers representing private businesses during an annual legislative meeting in Beijing on Monday.CNN Business
The United States 🇺🇸 has recently been strengthening military alliances in Oceania—most recently by helping Australia 🇦🇺 secure deals to build nuclear submarines & convincing the Philippines 🇵🇭 to grant America 🇺🇸 four additional military bases to be constructed upon the island nation.
China 🇨🇳 views these recent maneuvers as a threat, & has been increasing threats against the United States 🇺🇸 for challenging its power in Southeast Asia.
“If the United States does not hit the brakes, but continues to speed down the wrong path, no amount of guardrails can prevent derailing, and there will surely be conflict and confrontation,” [Foreign Minster] Qin [Gang] said on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress in Beijing.CNN World
Even taking these threats at face value, the government of China 🇨🇳 must realize that it can not win a long, protracted, conventional war against the United States 🇺🇸, as the former would be fighting dozens—if not over a hundred nations thanks in part to various war treaties & vengeful neighbors (as India 🇮🇳 would love to reclaim the land China 🇨🇳 captured from them decades ago).
A rational person would view these threats as nothing more than that—threats. However, we live in irrational times & just as Putin launched Russia 🇷🇺 into an irrational war against Ukraine 🇺🇦, Xi Jinping could launch China 🇨🇳 into an irrational war against the United States 🇺🇸 in a quest to seize control of Taiwan 🇹🇼.
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