Tag: China Military

A War in Venezuela Will Include China

By Daniel Szewc | Poland

With the confirmation that the Venezuelan police force, under the control of Nicolás Maduro, has started shooting at protesters, the situation in Venezuela has only gotten tenser. This is all happening in the midst of the POTUS, Donald Trump, recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president, albeit an interim one. Not only are Maduro’s interests even more at stake now, but the People’s Republic of China’s are also facing a conflict in the region.

The nations of Brazil, Paraguay, Canada, and Colombia have all, within 24 hours, recognized Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. This lack of balance of recognition in contrast to power may be the cause of the escalation of violence in the streets of Caracas.

According to Bloomberg, the Chinese government has agreed to extend Nicolás Maduro’s credit line by $5 billion USD. This given sword, as usual in the Eastern dragon’s case, has two edges: Venezuela is obliged to sell China it’s most valuable resource, oil, at a very cheap price. A huge manufacturing economy, China relies on oil for its production of goods, without which their fast-growing economy would fall into ruins.

If the American government decides to intervene in favor of it’s preferred side of Venezuela’s political scene, then a proxy war between China, which majorly invested in Maduro’s army, and the USA is extremely likely to occur. China will be anything but reluctant to give up its neo-colonial acquisition.

Even though this conflict is unlikely to spread outside of North and South America, the ensuing famine and mass migration is sure to destabilize the whole region, as well as possibly hit the United States.

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China is Ready for War

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.”