China - the next superpower

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Hah, most of our lost trade has been replaced with new markets to U.K, India, Asia and other places. More like, we have big d**ked them, because now they don't have enough coal to run their country.

Looks like we are going to follow the U.S and boycott their olympics too. The CCP will never be a legitimate world power because countries are not going to recognise them, hence the olympic boycott. This is the start of many good things to come. :cool:

And, if they tried starting a war it wouldn't last long because many countries would just cut their resources off. No-one likes the communist party of China, so the days of becoming a superpower are well and truly over.
shooey they literally make everything we own there. if any war happened the entire economy would ground to a halt.
 

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Just need the Kiwis and it's the full weight of the Anglo nations.
It's amazing how unaware the regime is. They don't know that the more they try to force their will on countries the more they will push them away. It's amazing how the regime doesn't value freedom of choice.

It is actually good that the regime wants revenge. It exposes it for what it really is and will help seal its demise.
 
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"In 2022, the country has a new Party leadership with different priorities.

The attitude towards global perceptions of China, under President Xi Jinping, is more along the lines of: We suffered 100 years of humiliation during the 20th century; our time has arrived; and it is for the rest of you to accommodate us as we rise to our rightful place on the world stage."
 

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Little Lithuania pokes China with Taiwan support and pays the price

"Within days, Lithuania pulled its diplomats out of Beijing after China downgraded its embassy. Virtually all of the country's exports to China — from lumber to beer to high-tech lasers — were cut off, up to $400 million US (over 500 million Cdn) of business in total.

Unique, and perhaps even unprecedented, was the mechanism by which Chinese officials were able to throttle Lithuania's trade.

They simply removed the country's name from China's customs register.

'We have been erased,' said Adomėnas. 'Anyone who tried to declare cargo coming from Lithuania would simply not find this country on the database.'

The impact on Lithuanian businesses, many of which had laboured for years to open up markets in China, was immediate and devastating."
 

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"China and Russia these days are close - perhaps closer than ever since the days of Stalin and Mao, some experts believe.

...the ever closer relationship and bond between China and Russia [that is] the last defence that protects the world order."
 

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"The country hosting the 2022 Winter Games is no longer rising — China has risen, confident in its place in the world as an economic and political power. Meanwhile, intense rivalry and distrust, not mutual curiosity, define relations between China and the United States.

China is far richer and more powerful than it was at the time of the 2008 Games. Its advance was accelerated by the global financial crisis, which began before the Beijing Olympics and worsened afterward.

Powered by a massive stimulus package, China weathered the economic turbulence better than many developed economies. Its gross domestic product grew from almost $5 trillion in 2008 to $18 trillion in 2021, making China the world’s second-largest economy after the U.S.

The country has evolved from being primarily a global manufacturing hub to boasting some of the world’s top tech companies and financial centers. Beijing is immensely proud of its economic achievements, as well as its authoritarian one-party political system, which it sees as more resilient than Western democracy.

Since 2008, China has also tripled military spending to more than $200 billion in 2021, compared with $700 billion in the U.S. Beijing launched its first aircraft carrier in 2012, and continues to develop an ambitious space program."

“'The Chinese people have never been as confident about their future as they are today,' said Victor Gao, a chair professor at Soochow University in China, who was an interpreter for paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. 'They do believe that China’s peaceful rise is inevitable.'"
 

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^^^
now THAT is a typical puff piece where a journalist paid by the CCP acts as a mouthpiece for the regime. This is typical foreign interference through the media.

The Chinese people have never been so confident about their future??, yet various countries have bought back significant owned Chinese ports (gatesways to major maritime trade routes), and there is not enough coal to fuel their economy, and their so much surveillance technology (signs of a paranoid regime). The real situation does not reflect the above article at all. I could go on and on. The real situation reflects a power in decline, and countries are pulling away from it more and more.

There is more to it than just GDP too. Figures only say so much, but the article relies on figures to try and baffle brains.
 
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"But the U.S. military responded with the largest show of force since the Vietnam War, sending an array of warships to the area, including two aircraft carrier groups. The carrier Nimitz and other battleships sailed through the narrow waterway that separates China and Taiwan, driving home the idea of America’s military dominance.

'Beijing should know the strongest military power in the western Pacific is the United States,' said the then-defense secretary, William Perry.

'They realized they were vulnerable, that the Americans could sail aircraft carriers right up in their face, and there was nothing they could do about it,' said Matthew Kroenig, who served as an intelligence and defense official in the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations."

2022

"'The PLA Navy has made remarkable progress since 1995 and 1996. It’s actually mind-staggering how quickly the PLA Navy has built itself up. And of course in ‘95-96, the PLA Air Force almost never flew over water,' said Finkelstein, a retired U.S. Army officer.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has described China’s dramatic rise as a military power as a strategic earthquake.

'We’re witnessing, in my view, we’re witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed,' Milley said last year."

And the secret weapon...

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"Chinese troops will travel to Russia to take part in joint military exercises led by the host and including India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan and other countries, China’s defense ministry said Wednesday"

I hope someone keeps the peace between China and India.
 

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Stay the course.....

"In the past, the twice-a-decade congress was seen as a chance for leaders to promote their supporters, as they vied to increase the power of their factions within the party.

But observers say these days there appears to be only one faction at the 20th Party Congress - that of Mr Xi.

In a clear sign of this consolidation of power, top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders released a communiqué days earlier endorsing him as 'the core' of the party and leadership. They also called for the party to unite even more closely behind him.

Mr Xi currently holds the three most powerful positions in China - general secretary of the CCP, chairman of the country's armed forces and president. He is expected to renew his term for the first two titles at the congress.

The CCP does not set any term limits. But no leader besides Mao, the founder of communist China, has ever served a third term.

The presidency also used to have a two-term limit in the country's constitution, put in place by reformer Deng Xiaoping to prevent the rise of a Mao-like figure.

But Mr Xi has managed to eliminate this requirement: in 2018 China's rubber-stamp parliament abolished the rule, effectively allowing him to remain president for as long as he likes."
 

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"Xi's ruthless and dramatic consolidation of power has caused many to liken him to Mao. But Mao's destructiveness was rooted in his desire to build a socialist utopia. What does Xi want to build?

Nothing that Mao would recognise, Prof Karl says.

'China today has no socialist characteristics' she says 'The subordination of labour to capital is complete. If you're a real socialist, you must have a notion of class democracy, of justice, of hierarchy and anti-hierarchy. None of that is even part of Xi Jinping thought.'

The only thing that remains from Mao-era China is the party. And that, she says, is what Xi truly cares about.

'He believes that in the world of hyper-competitive capitalism and a hyper-competitive arms race with the United States, the only plausible way that China can remain competitive is to remain under one party that happens to be called the Communist Party.'"

Even the communists are capitalists.
 
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