Recently, both China’s President Xi Jinping and Chinese Navy Rear Admiral Lou Yuan have quite publicly uttered some very undiplomatic words, in fact downright aggressive words, regarding possible future moves.
In a speech delivered last Wednesday at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Xi said “China must and will be united (with Taiwan), which is an inevitable requirement for the historical rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era,” adding that he “will not rule out the use of force to ensure the “unshakable historic task” of complete reunification with Taiwan.”
Xi said “China won’t attack Chinese people. We are willing to use the greatest sincerity and expend the greatest hard work to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification…We do not promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option to use all necessary measures to achieve this goal and prevent Taiwan independence.” Xi said his “threat was aimed at foreign forces seeking to interfere and advocates of Taiwanese independence.”
This not so subtle remark is believed to be a warning to the United States, Taiwan’s strongest supporter.
Xi’s threatening words came after Chinese Navy Rear Admiral Lou Yuan suggested, in a Dec. 20 speech given at the 2018 Military Industry List Summit, that tensions in the South China Sea could be resolved by sinking a couple of American aircraft carriers. Yuan said “What the United States fears the most is taking casualties.” After estimating that such an act would kill more than 10,000 U.S. military personnel, he added “We’ll see how frightened America is.”
Yuan listed what he believes are America’s five greatest weaknesses: America’s military, money, talent, voting system and fear of adversaries. He said that these weaknesses can be easily exploited.
The provocative language chosen by Xi and Yuan, far from being diplomatic, could reasonably be construed as, dare I say it, warlike.
In his first speech, newly appointed Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan emphasized to his team to “remember China, China, China.”
The American Thinker’s David Archibald wrote an article that looks at the China threat as being deeper and far more dangerous than most Americans believe it to be. We’re used to hearing about the trade war. We know the country has stolen much of our technology and intellectual property. They make no attempt to hide their goal of achieving economic and military superiority over us. Is it possible that China’s ultimate goal is the destruction of the US?
Archibald points out that “China is the only country on the planet with the intent, the means, the will, and a plan to kill Americans in large numbers.” He writes:
We continue to trade with China, and that reflects poorly on us. Take the rhetorical question of whether or not we should have traded with Germany and Japan in the years leading to WWII if we had known what they had planned. Of course not. But we know that China is getting ready to attack us, so why are we still trading with the Chinese? Their intentions couldn’t be clearer. No wonder we are treated with contempt.
The Chinese Communist Party has been biding its time for 30 years, as President Deng Xiaoping counseled, and now Xi views China as drawing too far ahead to hesitate in revealing itself in full. The world is past the point of no return. It’s now a sprint to the finish line before the West has the chance to reorganize its society, economy, and military to effectively counter China. The game is too far along now.
Beijing is in front at the moment, as the West is still in upheaval because a new generation of armchair socialists have emerged to cause chaos within. Beijing’s cultural war to turn the West socialist while presenting itself as a friendly third-world country not worth worrying about has succeeded in blunting the might of the United States.
A Pentagon report released in August said “Over the last three years, the PLA (China’s People’s Liberation Army) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against U.S. and allied targets.”
The report says that in 2017, China’s defense budget was $119 billion. It said that “despite a projected slowdown in economic growth, China’s official defense budget would be more than $240 billion by 2028.”
Is China getting ready to take off the gloves? Maybe they already have.