Today it is absolutely clear that the United States is losing its position as a superpower (empire), moreover, it is rapidly moving towards an internal explosion, confusion. And China, on the contrary, is introducing a system of imperial views on its future, which is reflected in the growing tension in relations with its neighbors: Taiwan, Japan, India, etc.
The trade (economic) war between the United States and China develops into a cold one. There is an obvious increase in Chinese pressure on Taiwan, which Beijing considers historical part of the Celestial Empire. The Americans are arming Taipei despite repeated protests from Beijing. In the East China and South China Seas, there are accidents involving ships from the United States and China. This is due to the problem of Taiwan, the disputed Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands. The Americans are supporting China's rivals in the region and demonstrating a military presence, which irritates Beijing.
Under pressure from Washington, major manufacturers, including tech monsters like Apple, Microsoft and Google, are moving production out of China. In response, Beijing announced the rejection of credit and financial capitalism. There is a transition to a system of state economy closed to the Central Committee of the CPC (Central Committee of the Communist Party of China) with the inclusion of fragments of the private sector. Beijing plans to deepen the "civil-military merger." Private companies are required to behave in accordance with the political and ideological goals of the PRC. In essence, this is mobilization.
As a result, an imperial system of views is being introduced in China. Secretary General Xi Jinping - the red emperor, the beginning of a new dynasty, the party - the imperial order. Foreign policy changes in accordance with ideology. Hence the growing tension in relations with Taiwan, Japan, India and the United States. The Japanese government is protesting over the appearance of Chinese ships off the Senkaku Islands. Japan controls these islands in the East China Sea. But the PRC and the Republic of China (Taiwan) consider them their own. In 2020, relations between China and India have escalated. The armed clash took place over the disputed Aksaychin region on the border of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, Pakistan and India. The territory is controlled by China but contested by India. Beijing regularly expresses its readiness to restore the territorial integrity of the historical Celestial Empire. Return Taiwan. And the United States is trying to strike at the weak points of China: Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong.
New cold war
Relations between the old American and the new Chinese empires have escalated against the backdrop of a severe global systemic crisis that is rapidly escalating into a catastrophe. Both powers now have major internal problems. In the United States, there is a conflict of elites, the current presidential elections are openly heading for civil conflict. Under Trump, Washington is shifting to a policy of "brilliant isolation", leaving the role of "world gendarme". America is losing its ideological hegemony. Western democracy as the basis for the successful development of any nation is failing. The "black revolution", the continuation of the color revolutions that Washington itself organized around the planet, can cause the collapse of the States familiar to the whole world.
The PRC has its own problems. It is necessary to abandon the role of a "world factory" and develop domestic consumption. To create in Asia and on the planet its own circle of satellite countries and work out a formula of ideological influence on other countries. Solve the problem of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. Save the Soviet system, avoiding the sad fate of the USSR. At the same time, to keep the measure, not to fall to the totalitarian-repressive dictatorship, which is short-lived. Return Taiwan to the country and prevent the power from collapsing into turmoil, in a new era of fighting kingdoms. At the same time, trade with Japan, Europe and huge exports to the States do not allow Beijing to make drastic steps. Therefore, the Chinese authorities prefer to wait for the situation to mature.
The most important challenge for Beijing is a strategic agreement with Russia. Until now, the strategic alliance between Moscow and Beijing was only in Russian TV reports. China does not want to invest large funds in Russia, since the Russian elite is focused on Europe and the United States. The Russian media, public and politicians pay most of their attention to the West, not the East. Russia is identified with European civilization. Thus, Moscow severely limits the possibilities of the northern civilization, which is both East and West. Shallowly floating representatives of the privileged circles of society doom any project of theirs to dependence on Europe and the United States (and future collapse). There is no own project, no program and goal, there is only copying of Western ideas and values, trade. This led to the fact that Russia is degrading along with the West.
China again has to wait for some big world changes: big upheavals in Europe and the United States, a sudden inspiration in the Kremlin (force majeure circumstances) that will turn Russia to the East. In particular, the current "pandemic" hysteria may well destroy the EU-US system. China gets the opportunity to create its own empire.