by Shane Trejo, Big League Politics:
On May 30, 2023, Chinese President Xi Jinping said to his top national security officials to be prepared for “worst case scenarios” and “stormy seas.”
According to Alex Wu of The Epoch Times, Xi was talking to officials who participated in the first National Security Commission meeting since the CCP’s 20th National Congress in 2022, per a report by state-run Xinhua.
As commission chairman, Xi declared they must deeply understand “the complexity and difficulty of the national security issues we now face have increased significantly.” Xi called on CCP officials to carry forward the “spirit of struggle” and “must adhere to bottom-line thinking and worst-case-scenario thinking, and get ready to undergo the major tests of high winds and rough waves, and even perilous, stormy seas.”
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Xi also stressed the need for the Chinese government to accelerate the military’s modernization and make it more effective in “actual combat and practical use,” as the Chinese government faces a “complex and grave” environment in the geopolitical realm.
Since 2022, a series of actions the United States has taken, which includes the containment of China’s influence in the high-tech sector, the arrests of Chinese nationals carrying out acts of espionage, the shutdown of China’s overseas police stations, and sanctions imposed on Chinese officials, to counter China’s rise.
Furthermore, in the meeting, Xi mandated the creation of a national security risk monitoring and early warning system, enhanced national security education, and streamlined data and AI management.
China is clearly preparing for conflict with the US as the latter finalizes its pivot to Asia. Cooler heads must prevail in this instance. China is a nuclear power with strong national interests that it’s willing to defend at all costs.
To be sure, the US should address China’s exploitation of the US’s flawed immigration system and its trade policies. But going to war with it is the height of insanity.