China May Be Getting Ready For War
This fall has been busy. We had the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett and the presidential election, so some news has not been given the attention it deserves. China seems to be readying to go to war and we are not currently on the best of terms. China feels that Taiwan is part of its territory and has been eyeballing the island country. Last year Chinese President Xi Jinping told Taiwan that Independence is a dead end and they should peacefully reunify with China. We are allied with Taiwan so this could be a real issue.
"A standalone paragraph in the Central Committee's 6,200-word message related to armed forces also hints at new directions. China will "comprehensively strengthen military training and preparation for war," it said, reflecting Xi's hardening stance on Taiwan and the disputed waters in the South China Sea. This year's defense budget only increased 6.6%, its lowest rate in decades. That looks set to rise now.
These new areas of emphasis coincide with the lack of a GDP growth target, at least for now. More details may be released next spring. From 2011 to 2015, the annual goal was 7% on average while for the ensuing five years it was 6.5%."
Last month China's president visited military bases telling soldiers to be alert.
"Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on troops to "put all (their) minds and energy on preparing for war" in a visit to a military base in the southern province of Guangdong on Tuesday, according to state news agency Xinhua.