China’s President Tells Military Leaders To ‘Prepare For War’
Chinese President Xi Jinping is telling the country’s military leaders commanding the South China Sea that they should be “prepared for war.” Xi’s orders come as trade war tensions between China and the United States are at peak levels. Beijing is seemingly preparing for what would be a worst-case scenario.
Chinese state media reported Xi’s assertions last Friday, following Xi’s meeting with the Southern Theatre Command.
“It’s necessary to strengthen the mission… and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,” President Xi said. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly.
We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war.
The Southern Theater Command’s core responsibility is protecting Chinese interest located in the South China Sea. The South China Sea is an essential trading zone for Beijing. China also claims a number of islands are Chinese sovereign territories.
The United States disputes the Chinese position and frequently takes Freedom of Navigation missions through the region, both through the air and sea.
China interprets the United States missions as acts of aggression.
Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson stated that the United States and China will “meet each other more and more in the high seas” as long as China continues to assert their position in the South China Sea.
“The US has been pushing China around, humiliating China, imposing unilateral tariffs on Chinese exports, and also declaring China as its rival and a major threat to the US survival,” Victor Gao, director of the China National Association of International Studies told RT. “Xi is preparing for the worst scenario.”
China continues to have an unsettled relationship with President Donald Trump and certain members of his cabinet. The trade ware between the two countries has shown to be a burden on the stock market, particularly for Chinese companies. Both Alibaba and JD.com are down heavily over the past few weeks.
China strongly feels that the United States is a political “bully” with Trump’s strong-handed policies.
“China does not want to have a trade war with the US. China does not want to have an armed conflict with the US. But if the US really wants to impose these things on China, the Chinese people will be fully mobilized behind the Chinese government,” Gao went on to say.
An armed conflict between the United States and China would leave millions dead and likely cause a global economic fallout.
China Selling U.S. Bonds
As part of the ongoing economic war between the two countries, China has been selling off US treasury securities and trading off dollars in its exchanges with third world countries. These actions are amplifying an economic cold war that many political pundits fear could morph into full-on military action.
The Trade War Is Hurting China
While China continues to maintain a position of callousness regarding Trump’s trade aggressions, the truth of the matter reveals that China is hurting. In October, China’s manufacturing sector barely grew, an indication of a slowing economic environment.
The official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 50.2. A score sub-50 indicates a recession.
Exports throughout the country are down.
China has been pumping in billions of dollars into the financial sector with the goal of averting a crash.
According to Raymond Yeung, chief economist for China at ANZ, China is also expected to cut the amount of reserves banks have to keep as a way to soften liquidity.
“All the numbers from China’s PMI release today confirm a broad-based decline in economic activity,” said adding that conditions for the private sector was “much worse” than headline data suggested.
“The government’s priority is to avoid a financial blow-up.”
China is currently the world’s second largest economy next to the United States.
Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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