Authorities in eastern China’s Shandong province have sealed off the city of Pingdu after thousands of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) veterans converged there over a long weekend of protests and clashes over police beatings of their former comrades-in-arms, according to video footage and reports released on Wechat by local activists and residents on Monday.
Since August, Chinese veterans have staged protests across the country, and gathered in highly organized demonstrations against the government after local authorities blocked their way to Beijing for appeal, with the most violent confrontations in Henan, Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces.
In addition to the two-million highly corrupt PLA forces in active duty, the communist regime in Beijing will rely on this army to defend the Middle Kingdom in case of war.
Not to mention waging a war against the United States of America, the CCP leaders would be most afraid that the gunshots or cannons targeting Taiwan across the strait might just turn their bullets to take down their imperial office in Beijing.
Besides, these CCP officials know fully that their two testicles are pinched in the hands of the US government. First, over 90% of them have (illegitimate) children in the US or other developed nations who can easily become hostages. Second, they all have huge wealth by corruption hidden in the US that can easily be confiscated. That’s why the US sanctions against a PLA general Li Shangfu last month would spark such strong reactions from Beijing last month.
The world now knows that the CCP and its PLA are only “paper tigers” and they would only “lift a rock to have their own toes squashed”. To tackle the CCP, the US army does not have to do anything but just deliver guns and bullets to the ordinary Chinese people.
So any intimidation by the Chinese military in the South China Sea against the US would only be a show of force, and there are no possibilities of a real war happening in the coming months. But Taiwan still has to get prepared for small-scaled confrontations as those state traitors in Beijing have become restless when it comes to using force to defend their own lives.
And what the US needs to do is nothing but to play with time as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been doing these two days in North Korea and Beijing, as we go a little bit deeper into related stories.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, Mike Pompeo cited “fundamental disagreement” with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi during a testy exchange in Beijing that highlighted rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies on Monday.
This fundamental disagreement has led to an overall “economic warfare” instead of just a trade war, as former Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon has said several times. Trump’s latest tariffs are surely just part of a master plan to stop China from threatening US dominance on the globe, or at least in the Indo-Pacific region.
As the economic war heats up between the two powers, military tensions are also rising in the East and South China Sea.
Last week, according to CNN, the US twice sent US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress heavy long-range bomber stearing through the South China Sea. Those flights were immediately followed by a joint military exercise in which a USAF B-52 bomber joined forces with Japanese fighter jets over the East China Sea and Sea of Japan.
China called the flights “provocative,” warning the US that it will take “necessary measures” to defend Chinese national interests. Several days later, the Chinese military conducted “live-fire shooting drills” in the South China Sea.
On Sunday, the US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. During the routine operation, the Chinese Type 052C Luyang II-class guided-missile destroyer Lanzhou confronted the US Navy warship.
The Chinese vessel, according to Pacific Fleet, engaged in “increasingly aggressive” behavior. The Chinese ship nearly collided with the US destroyer during the exchange, which was described as “unsafe and unprofessional.”
In the speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington last week, US Vice-President Mike Pence accused China of “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.
In his speech, Pence also referenced the incident with the Navy destroyer. “Despite such reckless harassment, the United States Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate whenever international law allows and our national interests demand.”
“We will not be intimidated and we will not stand down,” Pence said.
Pence’s speech and that of Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly are just “war of mouth”. Next the US administration is implementing some concrete actions.
According to CNN, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet has drawn up a classified proposal to carry out a global show of force as a warning to China and to demonstrate the US is prepared to deter and counter their military actions, according to several US defense officials.
The draft proposal from the Navy is recommending the US Pacific Fleet conduct a series of operations during a single week in November.
The goal is to carry out a highly focused and concentrated set of exercises involving US warships, combat aircraft and troops to demonstrate that the US can counter potential adversaries quickly on several fronts.
As part of the game, according to Defense News, a new Pentagon report calls China the main threat to the US military-industrial complex, sounding alarm at declines in some “critical defense functions” due to actions by Beijing, to workforce shortages and to “unstable” funding.
“While multiple countries pursue policies to bolster their economies at the expense of America’s manufacturing sector, none has targeted our industrial base as successfully as China,” the report, titled ‘Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States,’ says.
Apart from large-scale industrial espionage, China has achieved “domination” in several fields by unfair trade practices, the US military claims, naming the rare earth elements market as an example. Rare earths are used in the production of turbines, hybrid motors, fuel cells, electronics and other products.
“China has strategically flooded the global market with rare earths at subsidized prices, driven out competitors, and deterred new market entrants. When China needs to flex its soft power muscles by embargoing rare earths, it does not hesitate, as Japan learned in a 2010 maritime dispute,” the document states.
In the past two weeks, the US and China have canceled several high-level military-to-military meetings intended to defuse tensions. While some observers have expressed concern, noting that the situation is escalating to dangerous levels, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says the US and China simply need to learn to sort out their differences.
“We’re just going to have to learn how to manage this relationship,” he said Tuesday, adding, “We’ll do that. We’ll sort this out.”
While one official described it as “just an idea,” the defense official also emphasized that there is no intention to engage in combat with the Chinese.
Earlier in September Russia had its annual fall military maneuvers called the Vostok-2018 in Russia’s Far East and the Pacific Ocean, which turned out to be the largest post-Cold War show of force, with the addition of joint exercises with its communist brother China.
To counter the Russia-China alliance, NATO is gearing up too for its largest war games since the Cold War.
AFP reports that around 45,000 troops will take part in the Trident Juncture exercises in Norway in late October and early November, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed Tuesday.
Would Russia be interested in stepping in the conflict between China and the US? The answer would definitely be NO. Even the CCP officials would predict that within three hours of confrontation with the US army, those artificial islands in the South China Sea must sink to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and the Liaoning aircraft carrier must turn into a pile a scrap metal.
Chinese philosopher and strategist Sun Wu said, “To defeat the enemy without combat is the best of all.” A large scaled military conflict between the two powers will never come.
And we have full confidence that freedom and democracy must soon prevail in the beautiful land of China.
By Cloudy Seagail