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U.S. Military Issues Stern Warning About China

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China already owns the second-biggest chunk of foreign-owned US debt, is seeing unprecedented economic growth, and is now ramping up its military capabilities. Coming on the heels of two recent and unexpected missile tests, the Communist (at least in party name) country is also looking to expand its nuclear capabilities.

The Department of Defense has announced how they forecast their growth, and it is alarming, to say the least. Per Politico “A new Pentagon estimate says China will likely have ‘at least’ 1,000 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2030 … the U.S. estimated that the country’s atomic arsenal consisted of about 200 warheads just last year…For Pentagon planners and the Biden administration, China’s maritime expansion is likewise of concern. The breakneck military buildup has produced a 360-ship navy, pushing well past the 297 hulls that the U.S. Navy operates. The Office of Naval Intelligence estimates that by 2030, China will have 425 ships in the water.”

This massive growth, the moves towards taking over Taiwan, and the possibility (albeit remote) to invade Thailand are all signs that the Chinese government is not to be trusted. Add in their lack of cooperation with the connections between Wuhan labs and American investigators and there is trouble afoot. Now to be clean, the National Institute of Health has come forward to say that there is no connection, however, the NIH itself has proven to be increasingly deceptive and untruthful in recent months.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff GEN Mark Milley sees their rapid growth as something for concern as well. “I think, as we look to the future, and I think we are living in a historical epoch, actually, where we’re seeing the rise of a country that is unlike something we’ve seen probably ever before… As we go forward over the next 10, 20, 25 years, there’s no question in my mind that the biggest geostrategic challenge to the United States is going to be China, that I have no doubt at all. Russia is important, not unimportant at all. Russia has very significant military capabilities. North Korea, Iran is still there. Terrorists are going to be around for quite a while. But I think China is clearly the most significant geostrategic threat we face.”

The military of China is massive, to say the least. With an estimated 2.2 million people actively serving, they are very capable of being able to mount an incredible attack with little notice. Given their recent acquisition of land in Tajikistan (bordering Afghanistan), and their negotiations to occupy Bagram in Afghanistan, they are looking to rapidly advance their attack capabilities. With America reducing its presence in the Middle East, it’s a true power play that could prove dangerous.

With the UN and many countries largely ignoring this sleeping giant, America would be foolish not to be prepared for an attack in the coming years. There have been at sea provocations, and the relationship between the U.S. and China has been strained; especially with their attempts to retake Hong Kong. The only thing the two countries have to unite them is economics, with much of the U.S. being reliant on the Chinese production of goods.

Until America can become once again self-reliant, the Chinese are in a unique position to keep American economics and other countries under their thumb. This makes any potential military or political sanctions very difficult to achieve. Only time will tell how this will go, but China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran have all done their fair share of saber-rattling over the years, and their actions have yet to materialize into action.