Although the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping seemed to be friendly and amicable, many other indicators demonstrate that relations between the United States and China are perhaps the worst they’ve been since the Vietnam War.
China is the largest and closet ally to North Korea and although they agreed to help the US reign in North Korea, many believe that China has continued to trade and support North Korea.
Trump’s tariffs against China has placed a new strain on the relations between the two superpowers. China has retaliated with their own tariffs, but recent reports indicate that the Chinese military have been actively training for a possible strike against the United States.
(National Interest) – The Pentagon’s 2018 annual report on China’s military power puts into sharp relief the speed and scale of China’s ambitious military modernisation drive. According to the report, the People’s Liberation Army is undergoing the ‘most comprehensive restructuring of forces in its history’ with rapidly improving capabilities that could ‘degrade core US operational and technological advantages’.
This sombre assessment comes in the context of intensifying strategic competition between the US and China, and increasing anxiety about Chinese power around the world.
China’s expanding strategic ambitions and regional and global influence are setting the direction of the PLA’s sweeping modernisation and reform effort. According to the report:[A]s China’s global footprint and international interests have grown, its military modernization program has become more focused on investments and infrastructure to support a range of missions beyond China’s periphery, including power projection, sea lane security, counterpiracy, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR), and noncombatant evacuation operations…
The Cold War may be over but the threat of war with Russia and China seems to be heating up with all three nations taking active steps to train for that horrible possibility. No one wants war as a war these days between the world’s superpowers will certainly lead to the deaths of many millions of people.
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