By Owen Hemsoth | USA
In a recent address to the largest military force in the world, President Xi Jinping urged them to be ready for war and “do not fear death.”
A war in the east is a bigger possibility since the cold war and President Xi seems to be taking the initiative in having his military ready for that possibility. He should his military should “neither fear hardship nor death” during a visit this past Wednesday to the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Central Theater Command according to Xinhua News Agency, the official state news station of China.
The news agency also mentioned a “bumpy journey” in trade with the US on Wednesday. An article published Wednesday said, “It is not surprising that a number of Chinese companies have hit the buffers in Washington as trade tensions between the two countries are flaring.”
President Xi’s quotes are potentially justified with this trade rift, uncertainty in Russia, and of course their neighbors North Korea.
Xi further said that his country needs to, “create an elite and powerful force that is always ready for the fight, capable of combat and sure to win in order to fulfill the tasks bestowed by the Party and the people in the new era.”
In a recent interview with Fox News, foreign affairs journalist and author Gordan Chang warned the US that if they were to strike first on North Korea, there is potential that China, Russia, and Iran would side with North Korea in what could be World War III.
This all comes after President Donald Trump’s controversial tweet reading “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
China has the largest active military in the world, with over 2.3 million active members. Their budget is about $215.7 billion USD. They are also equipped with an estimated 260 nuclear warheads.
One thing is clear: Our leaders need to take a bit to learn about mutually assured destruction and the consequences should they push the “nuclear button.”