Eight reasons to be scared of China
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Not surprisingly, the grand party congress in China has ended, as Xi Jinping announced an unprecedented third term. Xi promoted allies and expelled both younger rivals and partisan ideas to consolidate control. There was an embarrassing scene with his predecessor, Hu Jintao, who favored the “peaceful rise” of China. The photo taken on Sunday displayed an entire team of Xi Jinping blurring the balance of Communist Party factions once seen at the highest levels in China.
Xi Jinping could do whatever he wanted.
During a 1985 farm visit to Muscatine, Iowa, 32-year-old Xi Jinping asked to drive a red convertible owned by a stewardess. She said no. Nearly 40 years later, Xi has built a power structure around him that ensures he will never hear the word “no” from anyone in China.
Now that Shi has tightened control, here are eight of a lot more Reasons to fear China.
China will continue to finance the Ukraine-Russia war.
Xi gave Putin permission to invade Ukraine and continued to buy Russian oil. The relationship between China and Russia is not warm and warm, but Xi is happy to see Putin upset Europe and America, and Xi has not objected to Russia’s brutality. Russia and China have also intensified their joint military exercises.
Countdown in Taiwan.
Xi says Taiwan’s reunification with China will happen by 2027. Senior US military officials, including Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday, say China may try it sooner. Biden’s team has little time to bolster Taiwan’s defense and deter coercive military action against the country of 23 million people.
China supports Iran.
Last year, China and Iran signed a 25-year deal for China to invest more than $400 billion in Iranian oil, while cheap Chinese goods fill the Iranian market. The agreement also allows for up to 5,000 Chinese military personnel in Iran.
China controls 80 percent of the global solar panel supply chain.
This is for all components. China holds 97 percent of the manufacturing capacity for one key component, the darkening foil that absorbs sunlight in solar panels. What a monopoly. And you thought OPEC was bad.
China’s purchase of Europe.
At the moment, China is trying to buy part of the German port of Hamburg. Of course, no foreigner may own a stake in any Chinese port. China wants to distance Europe from US influence, warning on Sunday that the EU should not “dance the US stick”. Fortunately, Europe is waking up to the downside of its deep trade dependence on China. European Union President Josep Borrell has warned that it is time to look at China as a competitor. “It is better to deal with China when we are 27, not to deal with one,” Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karenz said on October 20.
Xi triples China’s nuclear weapons.
China’s goal is to build up to 700 nuclear weapons by 2027 and 1,100 by 2030. For decades, China has maintained a small nuclear stockpile. Xi Jinping changed all that, opening up new plutonium production and drilling holes for 200 new ICBMs. China refuses to participate in any arms control. The only reason Xi would want more nuclear weapons is to enable China to extend its power into the Pacific.
Atomic biological weapons.
China has long been trying to steal the secrets of American-made GMO corn and other agricultural products. China aims for more agricultural self-sufficiency; But it is possible that China’s laboratories may be developing a fungus or pathogen designed to attack US crops, according to testimony heard by the US Senate China Committee in April 2022. It seems we can’t rule out COVID-19.
Don’t forget the Chinese terror weapon in orbit.
Tested in 2021, the partial orbital bombing system is suspended in low Earth orbit and then launches maneuverable glide vehicles to blast targets on Earth’s surface. What are the goals? Certainly, US military objectives. The problem is that with this system, China can attack from anywhere around the world, not just from Chinese territory. The US Space Force will have to keep a close eye on China’s systems in orbit to see when and how they interact. Not very good for deterrence, but Xi Jinping doesn’t care.
“A prosperous China will create opportunities for the world,” Xi told the Communist Party gathering. Sailing will not be smooth. Rana Mitter, an expert at Oxford University in China, warns that zero-COVID policies and slow economic growth are weighing on China. But Xi remains a 21st-century Marxist, aiming to make his mark on China and the world.
Xi’s big claim is that China lifted millions out of poverty, proving the success of Red Communism. Xi’s predecessors did most of the poverty alleviation efforts, but under Xi, the state of observation grew by leaps and bounds. repression in hong kong The military aggression around Taiwan is all of Xi’s own making. His ambition is limitless, as recent structural checks and balances have disappeared.