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Bloody battle with enemies. China is ready for war for world domination

China is increasingly announcing its ambitions, seeking to expand not only economic, but also political, and even military influence in the modern world. Recently, President Xi Jinping said that the country is “ready for bloody battles with its enemies.” At the same time, Beijing seems to show complete peace-loving, and even after the introduction of high duties on Chinese goods by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, waited a long time and did not dare to take radical measures. However, the fact that a huge country with a population of more than 1,3 billion people, competing with the United States for the status of the world's leading economy, has political ambitions, is not surprising.

As early as the second half of the twentieth century, as the pace of its economic development accelerated, the PRC began to position itself more and more clearly on the world stage. At first, Beijing tried to influence world politics through numerous Maoist communist and left-wing radical parties and movements that in 1960-e-1980-ies were active throughout the world - from Southeast Asia to Latin America, from Western Europe to South Africa. Then, when the revolutionary communist ideology was somewhat outdated, support for the Maoists was curtailed, although now China maintains ties with several Maoist parties in South and Southeast Asia, whose activities are used to put pressure on neighboring countries.

Now China is focused on economic expansion, which is carried out, firstly, by the total development of world markets with cheap Chinese goods, and secondly - by large-scale investments in the economies of very many countries of the world. For example, Beijing is very active on the African continent. After the collapse of the USSR and the serious weakening of the Russian positions in Africa, it was China that became the main competitor of the United States and the former colonial metropolises for economic and then political influence on the continent. As in the Cold War of the second half of the twentieth century, Africa once again became a field of confrontation between the powers, but not the USSR and the USA, but the USA and China. China is now making large-scale investments in economic projects in a number of countries in the continent. Africa is even called the “testing ground for soft power” - it is here that Beijing is testing the mechanisms of influence on political processes through investment and economic infiltration.

For China, Africa is a real storehouse of minerals that are not yet being developed or are being conducted in very modest amounts. Here are concentrated 90% of world reserves of platinum, 90% cobalt, 50% gold, 30% uranium. The “black continent” accounts for 40% of world hydropower reserves, and oil reserves are very significant. Naturally, Beijing cannot miss such a "tidbit." Moreover, China seeks to penetrate not only those countries that traditionally sympathized with the socialist camp (such as Zimbabwe or Angola), but also in the faithful, as it seemed before, younger allies of the West, for example, in Kenya. Economic ties with Kenya are growing rapidly, and an increasing number of young Kenyans choose Chinese in Kenyan schools and universities.

East Africa is generally very interesting to China. Firstly, geographically it is nevertheless closer to China, which facilitates many aspects of economic cooperation. Secondly, the countries of the region have access to the Indian Ocean, which is very important for China in terms of geopolitical confrontation with India and ensuring the presence of the Chinese fleet in this region. If China used to master Africa by economic methods, now the time has come for military-political expansion. So, the first military base of the People's Liberation Army of China appeared on the African continent.

Bloody battle with enemies. China is ready for war for world domination

The logistics center of the Chinese Navy opened in August 2017 in Djibouti. This small country, once a colony of France called "French Somalia", has long been providing its territory for naval and military air bases of Western countries. French, American, Spanish soldiers are quartered in Djibouti, and now it's the turn of the Chinese. The strategic position of Djibouti greatly facilitates the task of providing the Chinese fleet in the Indian Ocean. The emergence of a base in Djibouti is fully justified for China - since trade with African countries is increasing, China needs to protect the following merchant ships from the ports of East Africa to the PRC. Somali pirates are a known problem in this region, and to protect against them, the presence of warships is necessary, which they will supply at the base in Djibouti. In addition, the emergence of a military base in Djibouti for China facilitates the task of monitoring the actions of the naval forces of India and the US Navy ships in the Indian Ocean. There is no doubt that the military base in Djibouti is just a “pilot project” that opens the era of China’s rapid military and political penetration into African states.

The United States is greatly alarmed by the growing influence of China in Africa, but they cannot do anything. Chinese goods compare favorably with the price of American products, and the African consumer for the most part is not able to purchase products of Western production. Therefore, China dominates the market for consumer goods, and in addition invests heavily in infrastructure development in a number of African countries. For example, very large Chinese investments go to Nigeria. One of the world's largest countries in terms of population, the former British colony of Nigeria has always followed in the wake of Anglo-American policy, but now China’s positions are also very strong. In Nigeria - large reserves of oil, which until recently were exploited by Western companies. Now China has penetrated into the country's oil industry, to which the leadership of Nigeria treats much more favorably than to Western companies. China has a special relationship with Angola, which also produces oil. It is with Angola and Russia that Beijing wants to try switching to settlements in yuan, not American dollars.

Even more understandable than in Africa, is the expansion of the Chinese military-political and economic presence in the Asia-Pacific region and in South Asia. In the South Asian direction, India remains the main Chinese opponent, in the confrontation with which Beijing is blocked with Islamabad. Pakistan is a long-time strategic ally of China, and here China is also expanding its economic and military presence. China’s military cooperation with Pakistan began as early as the 1960s and was initially directed against India and the Soviet Union, and now aims to confront India and the United States, who seem to be Pakistan’s ally, but overly intervene in the regional political situation. Now China is helping Pakistan arm the Pakistani army, conducts joint military exercises. The city of Gwadar in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, where the Chinese in 2002-2005 have, is of major economic importance for China. A large seaport was built. Gwadar is a key point in the economic corridor linking Iran with China. It is not excluded that Chinese soldiers will appear in Gvadar in the foreseeable future - if not the fighters of the People’s Liberation Army of China, then at least one of the numerous Chinese private military companies providing their services for the protection of economic and industrial facilities.

Another strategic direction in which Beijing-Southeast Asia is expanding its influence. Here, China has a few key issues. First, this is a relationship with Taiwan - in fact an independent state, which is still not recognized in Beijing. Taiwan exists solely due to the intercession of the United States and American allies in the region, since China strictly adheres to the concept of the country's indivisibility and dreams of the time when the island will return to the Celestial Empire. Second, China has unresolved territorial disputes over the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Archipelago in the South China Sea. Beijing regards these territories historically as its own, but China’s claims are disputed by several countries at once - Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. The positions of these states are supported by "heavyweights" - the United States, Japan, Australia, which are not at all impressed by the expansion of the Chinese presence in the region. However, China is not just expressing its claims to these islands, but is actively “rattling weapons"Without hiding the readiness to use military force in the event of an aggravation of the situation.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague believes that China has no reason to claim the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Archipelago in the South China Sea. But in Beijing they are not satisfied with the decision of the International Court of Justice and are not going to recognize it. Therefore, China continues to work on the artificial strengthening of reefs and the creation of artificial islands. On artificial islands, China creates objects of transport and communication infrastructure - airfields and communication centers, which, in the event of an aggravation of the situation, may well be used for military purposes - for the needs of the PLA.

Actually, to strengthen its military-strategic positions, China also needs artificial islands, which, according to world law, do not have their own territorial waters and are pointless from the point of view of increment of the state’s territory, but they can be used for needs aviation and navy. The United States has aircraft carriers, and China - artificial islands, which essentially perform the same function in the South China Sea as aircraft carriers - are used as a base for naval aircraft. The sections of the sea where Chinese man-made islands are being created are called the Chinese zone of responsibility in Beijing and rather rigidly require foreign states not to invade the airspace above these islands. Neighboring countries can’t do anything, because of course, their own forces for confrontation with China are not enough, and the United States will not start a large-scale conflict with China over artificial islands in the South China Sea.

The growth of the country's military expenditures testifies to the military-political ambitions of China. Of course, the Chinese military budget is significantly inferior to the US - it is about four times less. But do not forget that China and the United States have completely different methods of recruiting the army and attitude to military service. In China, the army is recruited by conscription, which eliminates the need for substantial funding for the soldiers' service. In the American army are contract soldiers who need to pay a very high salary by world standards. This fact alone explains the superiority of the American military budget over the Chinese. Secondly, the United States pays much more attention to financing the rest of military personnel, creating comfortable conditions for them, and providing all sorts of benefits to veterans who leave the army. If we remove the social component and the salaries of contract servicemen, then the gap in military expenditures of the United States and China will no longer be so disastrous.

The mobilization resources of China and the USA are all the more incomparable. 1,3 billion people live in China. Although the best are selected for conscription, the percentage of citizens who have completed regular military service in the PLA ranks is still very high in China. And, most importantly, they are ethnic Chinese and representatives of other indigenous peoples of the country, while the American army includes more and more immigrants and their descendants, who have far less motivation to protect the American state. It is necessary to take into account the fact that in China, military spending is often “disguised” under other budget items, and if we sum up all of Beijing’s defense spending and related areas, then quite impressive sums are released.

Now China has embarked on the path of active modernization of its armed forces. The PLA is much better armed than before, although in many respects it is still inferior to the Russian and American armies. It should also be noted that Beijing is actively using such a modern military presence mechanism as private military companies that act in the interests of Chinese companies in “dangerous regions” such as Africa or the Middle East. Since the Chinese PMCs are staffed exclusively by former PLA or police special forces, they are under the complete control of the Chinese special services.

The recent decision to give Xi Jinping the right to hold the position of the PRC chairman indefinitely indicates that China is ready for a tougher and more active foreign policy, for which an irremovable “supreme commander” is required. With the same purpose, Xi Jinping was directly subordinated to the Armed People's Police of China - the Chinese equivalent of the Russian National Guard troops, which can be used to quickly suppress any insurrections, mass unrest or fight against separatist and terrorist groups.
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  1. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee April 4 2018 05: 48
    So the Chinese dragon stood on the wing!
    1. Borik
      Borik April 4 2018 11: 51
      Uncle Lee (Vladimir) Today, 05:48 AM New
      So the Chinese dragon stood on the wing!

      This little dragon will still burp out a flame that will not seem enough.
      1. Vadim237
        Vadim237 April 4 2018 20: 39
        We are again waiting for the Far Eastern fires.
    2. Nevyatoy
      Nevyatoy April 5 2018 21: 58
      Words, words, and again words. Besides myths and assumptions, nothing more. Nobody really knows for sure whether the PLA is able to fight at all, and not just at exercises or marches. Does China even know how to defend its interests by force? It is enough for the West to provoke a conflict between China and India, after which it does not matter who the winner is, for any of them (India or China) the victory will be a Pyrrhic one.
      1. Naughty
        Naughty April 8 2018 10: 19
        It will be nice if the Chinese get snot. Otherwise, they will not do it either. If they cling to India, then China will not, by definition
  2. Vard
    Vard April 4 2018 05: 49
    Not happy ... News about our Chinese partners ... Not good ...
    1. bandabas
      bandabas April 4 2018 08: 23
      We will not talk about all sorts of Confucius, but they did the "perestroika" in their own minds. Or feng shui, if you like.
      1. megavolt823
        megavolt823 April 4 2018 12: 10
        I don’t want to upset anyone. But in relation to China, everyone makes a catastrophic mistake. The whole take-off of the Chinese economy began with open markets in the west and selfish countries under the west. China is highly dependent on the marketing of its products. And I’m not ready to quarrel not with Europe, not the USA. They have warranties and sales. And not any sympathy for anyone is not a reason to unfold dramatically. And on the contrary, the Russian Federation has no markets for any manufactured goods. There are raw material markets, there are arms markets, there are food markets that the Russian Federation is trying to tie up for itself. Putin tried to say it openly, but the outrage and the game of the backstage quickly stopped such statements. RF is 100 million of the population of potential buyers. Europe is 400, USA is 200-250. Plus Australia, African markets. The Russian Federation not only does not have military alliances and political ones. The Russian Federation does not have trade allies. This is the main question that no one does not formulate in the Russian Federation. hi
        1. Spook
          Spook April 4 2018 15: 15
          I fully support you, we don’t need such China, Putin also spoke out about this, they say, if you want us to be like China, are you ready to work for a bowl of rice?
          1. megavolt823
            megavolt823 April 5 2018 11: 20
            That's right! Many poke a finger, they say over look how China has developed. But few people say how the population of China really lives. Yes, there are wealthy people there. As with us. There are bureaucrats and others. But up to half do not live very well. But it is worth noting that the standard of living in China is growing. And soon the level of salaries, or rather their purchasing power will approach Russian. The deceit of thinking and saying that poverty is the key to development. Erroneously. There are few types of industries where the education factor does not affect production. Education and poverty in one bottle, this is the lot of the communist countries. But without raising the standard of living of the population, politically the country will be unstable. hi
          2. zoolu350
            zoolu350 April 5 2018 13: 42
            Putin, as always, didn’t blurt out, as in China it’s not a bowl of rice, but holes in the skulls of thieving officials, and he certainly did not say that.
            1. megavolt823
              megavolt823 April 5 2018 16: 18
              this is not possible with us. just try to plant. all at once howling about Stalin, executions of tens of millions and landings of hundreds of millions. in 140 millionth country. hi
            2. Spook
              Spook April 6 2018 16: 47
              alas and ah, they and we have a fight against corruption - this is a clan struggle for influence, but how it will be done is not so important
  3. andrewkor
    andrewkor April 4 2018 06: 33
    The main thing with China is not to relax, otherwise it can strain!
  4. Nix1986
    Nix1986 April 4 2018 07: 23
    Here you can only say one thing, “and who would doubt it!”.
  5. Shadow shooter
    Shadow shooter April 4 2018 07: 29
    Russia now needs to do everything to push the foreheads of the American eagle and the Chinese dragon. And under the guise of their showdown on a quiet strangle of Europe, Japan and Saudi Arabia around the corner.
    1. Safevi
      Safevi April 4 2018 10: 45
      Do you think there are round fools? They, in turn, will try to send the Chinese dragon to the North, to the sparsely populated Russian Far East.
    2. rotmistr60
      rotmistr60 April 4 2018 12: 11
      Russia now needs to do everything to push the foreheads of the American eagle and the Chinese dragon
      Trump and without Russia, relations with China will completely ruin or bring to an extreme point. And in this situation we (as China does) will observe from the side.
      1. mgero
        mgero April 4 2018 22: 07
        Majoru Trampu astalos 3 year do pensi, ne uspevaet Nash tavsrish Major.
    3. MadCat
      MadCat April 5 2018 00: 46
      Quote: Shadow shooter
      Russia now needs to do everything to push the foreheads of the American eagle and the Chinese dragon. And under the guise of their showdown on a quiet strangle of Europe, Japan and Saudi Arabia around the corner.

      You’re just naive like America far away, overseas, a trading partner, a technology provider ... and Russia, it’s waiting for “original Chinese lands”.
  6. aybolyt678
    aybolyt678 April 4 2018 07: 31
    In nature, the wolf does not hunt near the den. Maybe it will carry us
    1. Normal ok
      Normal ok April 4 2018 08: 52
      Quote: aybolyt678
      In nature, the wolf does not hunt near the den. Maybe it will carry us

      Wolves are much less bloodthirsty than humans. Especially the Chinese wassat
    2. Vadim237
      Vadim237 April 4 2018 20: 42
      “Maybe it will carry us” - Yes, like a chopped juicy watermelon, near a healthy anthill.
  7. AlexS
    AlexS April 4 2018 07: 55
    Together with China, we need to eliminate the bloody oligarchic regimes in the west.
    1. MadCat
      MadCat April 5 2018 00: 50
      Quote: AlexS
      Together with China, we need to eliminate the bloody oligarchic regimes in the west.

      The Chinese Communist Party is all composed of the oligarchs of billionaires, like the Russian government, wake up respected. With such slogans, you’ll most likely be sent to Siberia. fellow
      1. AlexS
        AlexS April 5 2018 19: 55
        Only after you, when in Siberia you remove all the snow ...
    2. zoolu350
      zoolu350 April 5 2018 13: 45
      In order to eliminate the bloody oligarchic regimes in the West, you must first eliminate the similar oligarchic regime in your own country, otherwise the liquidation of the oligarchic regimes of the PRC will begin with the Russian Federation.
  8. Yrec
    Yrec April 4 2018 10: 42
    Throughout history, China is an isolationist country. Almost all external wars in the foreseeable past he blew. The only thing that can be taken into account in its plus is the insensitivity to losses and fast reproduction. Although the second factor is quite controversial, because population data is rather vague and not the fact that reliable. They try to nurture their passionarity by looking at us (they study our military history, watch our films about the Second World War, sing Soviet songs). Will this give a test result? HZ. I think they’re not into the fray. Their main weapon is the economy.
    1. naidas
      naidas April 4 2018 18: 19
      Quote: Yrec
      China throughout history is an isolationist country

      Do not write nonsense - there will be forces that will reach for everything (ask Tibetans, Vietnamese):
      The historical concept of China believes that a significant part of the land of Kazakhstan is the territory of Western China. Only the defeat of the Arabs in the 8th century did not allow China to establish itself on these lands.
      Historically, China believes that Mongolia is part of Inner Mongolia, which is now part of China. Until 1911, Mongolia was under China, only then, with the support of the Russian Empire, the Mongols achieved independence.
      As a result of the campaign in 102, Ferghana recognized its dependence on China. This campaign consolidated the conquest of the Chinese in East Turkestan. Immediately after the successful end of the war with Ferghana, the construction of military fortresses and trading posts began along the entire Great Silk Road west of Dunhuang. At the most important points, Han garrisons were stationed and military settlements organized.
      In the middle of the XVIII century. (1757-1758), taking advantage of internal contradictions in the Dzungar Khanate, the Qing troops conquered it. Immediately after the capture of Dzungaria, they headed for the conquest of East Turkestan. Having broken the resistance of the local population, the Qing troops in 1759 conquered these lands. Since then, Dzungaria and East Turkestan have been considered annexed to the Qing Empire as a “new border region,” that is, in Chinese, Xinjiang.
      1. Yrec
        Yrec April 5 2018 09: 12
        China grabbed from Vietnam, 1,5 people live in Tibet in the Middle Ages, Mongolia with the Chinese is also a sparsely populated Middle Ages. Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Okrug, Tibet and Inner Mongolia are the most sparsely populated lands in China, there are almost no ethnic Chinese there. In fact, the Chinese did not capture them, but occupied them. The population density there is scanty compared to the rest of China. You never know what China considers the ancestral territory, economically it can subjugate them, to capture - no. Not the climate there for the Chinese - they warmly love.
        1. Sergej1972
          Sergej1972 April 9 2018 15: 45
          The majority of the population of Inner Mongolia are Han. Although there are several times more Mongols there than in the Mongolian Republic. In XUAR, Han people are more than 40% of the population.
  9. Antares
    Antares April 4 2018 11: 53
    Far from them to the new dragon, but the pole of power has already come out quite good. Also uses the dollar and military force.
    Gaining experience. Since we come from Western civilization, we tend to doubt the principles of the eastern.
    The void in a monopolar world could not be eternal. Otherwise, societies lose their consolidation and fierce competition ceases.
  10. thinker
    thinker April 4 2018 12: 14
    Interestingly, not a word about Russia, what is its role in this war of China for world domination.
    Chinese Defense Minister Colonel General Wei Fenghe paid his first visit as the new Minister of Defense of China to Russia to show the world the high level of development of bilateral relations and the firm resolve of the Chinese armed forces to strengthen strategic cooperation.
  11. akims
    akims April 4 2018 12: 42
    When my European and American “brothers” ask me if it is worth it to be afraid of Russia (like, attack, seize), I answer: it’s not worth it. Capturing a European, and indeed the islets, can, of course, but then what? It’s easy to seize, try to keep it — Russia’s simply not enough occupying forces, the population is not enough. But in alliance with China ... Russian officers, r-armament plus Chinese soldiers. And how do you like this situation? Not this minute, later. Statements by the leadership of China and the Russian Federation - this time. A possible combination of GLONASS and Beidou systems (compass) is two. And global positioning is, for a moment, and command and control. So something like this somewhere!
  12. naidas
    naidas April 4 2018 17: 16
    Chinese neocolonialism.
  13. Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter April 4 2018 21: 17
    China! ... And what, in fact, is China? China is oppressing its line. And it’s necessary to say correctly. I began to respect China however. And not yesterday now.
  14. torbasow
    torbasow April 5 2018 06: 43
    “Even though China now maintains ties with several Maoist parties in South and Southeast Asia, whose activities are used to pressure neighboring countries.”
    It’s not true. No one has ever seen a single proof on this subject.
    1. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 April 9 2018 15: 47
      Most Maoists outside the PRC consider the current leadership of the CPC and PRC opportunists and revisionists.
  15. A.
    A. April 7 2018 18: 22
    Quote: Uncle Lee
    So the Chinese dragon stood on the wing!

    There was also a German dragon, and German was serious in any case.
    The Chinese warrior is not associated with anything, except perhaps with consumer goods and with the quality of the letter G.
  16. demiurg
    demiurg April 7 2018 18: 23
    Get bogged down.jpg.

    World war is canceled. Now the war between the superpowers can only end with the destruction of all human civilization. Otherwise, the winner will be devoured by countries that did not participate in mutual destruction. And this is actually in any case a loss in the war.
    An explosion of 30-50 warheads will not only inflict heavy casualties even on the winner country. This means that the winner will have nothing more complicated than a calculator. The destruction of transport, intellectual and technological centers will drive anyone into the Stone Age.
    We disagree, we were deceived.
  17. evgeny68
    evgeny68 April 8 2018 17: 11
    firstly, the total development of world markets with cheap Chinese goods.

    Not cheap, but real for the price. Why is a German worker at Volkswagen receiving 4000 euros, and a Russian worker at the same factory in Russia 500. It is clear that the Germans want to live well. Or an iPhone 1000, but the Chinese 500 is the same in terms of characteristics and quality. And you can’t count such examples. The Anglo-Saxon world has sat on its neck, as they say to the countries of the Third World, and shoves, but rather forces, its expensive goods. 800 military bases in the world are not a joke. And here China has drawn and destroys all their idyllic trade. I recently bought a Chinese ATV for 2000, I am satisfied with the quality and price, but you can’t buy a civilized ATV of this class for less than 5000. so, the more quality and cheap goods appear, the better, and the Chinese, according to the law of dialectics, already convert quantity into quality.