Xi Jinping: Troops of China to focus on war

President of China, Xi Jinping, has proclaimed on troops to “put all (their) minds and energy on planning for war” in a visit to a military base.

During an investigation of the People’s Liberation Army, Marine Corps in Chaozhou City, Xinhua, China, Xi Jinping instructed the soldiers to “maintain a state of high alert.” Additionally, he called on them to be “absolutely loyal, absolutely pure, and reliable.”

The primary purpose of Xi’s visit

The primary mission of Xi’s visit to Guangdong was to give a speech on Wednesday. The address was in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.

The Zone was established in 1980 to attract foreign capital. Additionally, it also played a vital role in helping China’s economy become the second-largest in the world.

Effect on China and US relations

The military visit appears as tensions between China and the United States persist at their highest point in decades. Additionally, this comes with disagreements over Taiwan. Consequently, the coronavirus pandemic creates sharp divisions between Washington and Beijing.

The White House also hinted at US Congress Monday that it was preparing to move ahead with three advanced weapon systems to Taiwan.

Consequently, this news comes according to a congressional aide, including the high-level High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

China to the States

In a severe response from Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian called on Washington. He instructs to “instantly cancel any arms deals plans to Taiwan” and struck all “US-Taiwan military ties.”

Consequently, even though China’s ruling Communist Party has never commanded Taiwan, Beijing’s authorities also insist that the democratic, self-governing island is an indispensable part of its territory.

However, even Xi himself refuses to rule out a military force to seize it if necessary.

Unforeseen relations for Taipei and States

Despite the Chinese government’s objection, relations between Washington and Taipei have become closer under the Trump presidency.

In August, the US Health and the Human Services Secretary Alex Azar matured the highest-level US official to visit Taiwan in decades. He traveled to the island purportedly to discuss the pandemic.

In response, Beijing extended military drills around Taiwan. Almost 40 Chinese warplanes traversed the median line between the mainland and Taiwan on Sept. 18-19.

It is one of several sorties the island’s President Tsai Ing-wen declared a “threat of force.”

A peacemaker’s perspective on US and China

In a talk to the RAND Corporation on Sept. 16, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper stated that China “cannot match the United States” in courses of naval power and named Beijing a “malign influence.”

“(China and Russia) are using carnivorous economics, political subversion, and military force. This show is all in an attempt to shift the balance of power in their favor. Consequently, often at the expense of others,” he told the audience.

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