Statement by Chinese Military Official raises fears of violent conflict
Tensions between the United States and China continue to grow, and now a Chinese military official has raised fears of war between the world’s two largest economies.
As reported in the South China Morning Post, a member of China’s Central Military Commission Defence Mobilisation Department said, “A war ‘within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.”
That official also reportedly said China should increase deployments in the disputed South China Sea, and build a missile defence program to “protect” North Korea.
It is also being reported that China is moving long-range missiles into firing range of the US.
Trump Administration taking harder line on China
The Trump Administration has taken a much more aggressive early stance on China, threatening to label the country as a currency manipulator, and promising to push back against China’s military expansion in the South China Sea and disputed islands.
Furthermore, the US seems less willing to play along with the fiction of the One-China Policy, where everyone pretends that Taiwan does not seek to be an independent country.
China’s recent threats represent a concerning escalation, and are another reason why countries like Canada need to boost our military spending in preparation for possible world instability and conflict.
While we hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst.
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