Of course these days most Americans are concerned with China and our on-going policies of a free and fair trade…..there are other aspects of the American-China policies that needs attention…..
If not trade then what?
China is flexing its military muscles, according to a Pentagon report that gets right to the troubling point: “Over the last three years, the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets.” While the Pentagon doesn’t say exactly why China is undertaking these operations, per the BBC, the report posits that Beijing may try to demonstrate its ability to strike centers of American operations in the Pacific, including Guam. Beijing is also “likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with China by force,” with any American intervention to be warded off with a “high-intensity, limited war of short duration.”
China’s military spending ballooned to $190 billion in 2017 and the assessment estimates it will grow even further to $240 billion over 10 years, reports Reuters. The US is trying to keep China in line with regular military flights over the South China Sea, but China’s presence in the region has grown to landing bombers on small islands that are disputed territory with American allies. As Reuters notes, the report arrives during a tense time in US-China relations amid new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration and a burgeoning trade war. Meanwhile, as the White House plans a sixth branch of the military it has branded the “Space Force,” the Pentagon report underscores the rapid growth of the Chinese space program.
China’s military spending is approaching the total that the US spends yearly…..while dicker about the crap they send to the US their military is preparing for a possible conflict…..I feel that there are those analysts in the Pentagon that are watching this situation….but I would not bet on it.
A trade war should be the least of our worries…..since I am not an expert on Asian situations I must depend on those that are…..please bear with me as I try to acquaint myself with China and its policies.
A trade war is to divert attention from the real policies…we will always have the cheap crap made in China…..we need to look beyond cheap crap and look at their military and international policies.