The appointment of Chinese defense ministers to Washington puts another challenge in the center of arms between the world’s two superpowers.
China is training for competition. The leadership of the Asian giant – enshrined by Xi Jinping in the holy communion together with Mao himself for an unprecedented third term in full power – turned his rhetoric against the West this week. The National People’s Congress, the highest annual summit of the political party, has earned a base for launching dangerous dialectical missiles against the United States, which the Chinese President has criticized for “surrounding”.
China is training for competition. The leadership of the Asian giant – enshrined by Xi Jinping in the holy communion together with Mao himself for an unprecedented third term in full power – turned his rhetoric against the West this week. The National People’s Congress, the highest annual summit of the political party, has earned the basis for launching the most dangerous dialectical missiles against the United States of America, which the President of China has criticized for “surrounding” the country until 2035 as the deadline for modernizing its military, so that “2049 will be able to fight and win wars by itself.”
His foreign minister, Qin Gang, the leader of the new era of energetic diplomacy, showed himself to be equally warm, warning Washington that if it does not “push on the targets”, it will be “derailment” that will cause “confrontation” and a fight. Not with words. As we elaborated today in Primer Plano, Beijing’s military budget this year has increased by 7.2%, the largest increase in defense in the last four, it has become the second country in arms spending in the world after the US. It is a huge leap if someone was placed in ninth place two decades ago.
And the figures are more disturbing. China has the largest navy in the world: more than two million soldiers of which there are almost a million, in addition to 340 long ships and submarines. In the air it can deploy up to 2,800 combat aircraft, not counting its 400 nuclear warheads. At the head of this huge army, which, however, has its Achilles heel in the experience of combat, the 11th also put the minister of defense US-sanctified: Li Shangfu, he was punished for ordering the purchase of combat aircraft of Russia Su-35 and S-CD air defense missile systems. His appointment represents another challenge to Washington in the middle of the arms race between the two world powers, although the position is mostly symbolic and he will have limited power from the Central Military Commission.
Li will also be the president of talks with Washington on a track that is breaking too many seams: the tension in Taiwan, an island that China considers a rebel province and on which this summer it carried out its biggest maneuvers in decades. visiting Democrat Nancy Pelosi; the balloon crisis that aborted the visit of Secretary of State Antonio Blinken to control relations; the lukewarmness of Beijing (if Putin does not support it) about the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the fight over technological leaders, while the 11th are focused on the strategy of sufficiency…
The West must guard against Chinese expansion, strengthening military alliances with countries in the region such as Japan and South Korea, and developing diplomatic channels to prevent them from disarming their weapons with the most serious consequences.
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