How Dangerous Is China?

In 2013 China launched a stream of cyber attacks on the United States A high-level hacking group called ‘Iron Tiger’ stole trillions of bytes of data from the US government, and secretly monitored key US corporations

China is a burgeoning superpower at odds with America’s capitalist supremacy, and its hacking enterprise is part of its strategy to challenge the United States’ dominant global position And technological infiltration is just the start With 2,333,000 active personnel, China has the biggest army in the world Despite suffering a financial crash in August 2015, China also remains the world’s second largest economy and continues to grow at an astonishing rate of 7% every year As its military, politics, and trade relations grow ever stronger, China’s dream to displace American power could very soon become a reality

Since the end of the Cold War, Beijing and Washington have maintained peace with each other, despite many close calls Between 1995 and 1996 China angered the United States by initiating missile tests that threatened Taiwan In 1999 the US accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, during NATO’s air assault on Serbia In 2001 a US spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet, which killed the Chinese pilot The American crew was detained in Beijing

And in 2014 Obama announced that America would be reallocating additional diplomatic, economic, and military resources across China America’s ‘pivot to Asia’ is a deliberate effort to monitor this rising superpower, and possibly even prepare for regional conflict China operates a no-first-use policy when it comes to nuclear weapons But global politics professor Avery Goldstein predicts that during early crisis developments, US naval forces might mistake a Chinese ballistic missile submarine for a traditional attack submarine, and fire, inviting China to initiate a full blown nuclear war By infiltrating China’s airspace, the US could indeed trigger a crisis –especially if China’s neighbor decides to lend a hand… China and Russia are two Eastern powerhouses with many political similarities, and recent events suggest that there is a strong military alliance forming between them

Trade between the two nations has increased sixfold over the past decade, and globalization professor Alexander Korolev points out that Presidents Putin and Xi Jinping have a mutual interest in promoting an alternative to Western diplomacy In other words, both countries wish to limit American power This Russo-Chinese axis is particularly unnerving, because there is one area of trade in which Russia has been very generous… Russian arms sales to China are estimated to be worth $1 billion a year China’s arsenal already boasts land-attack cruise missiles, missile destroyers, sophisticated grenade launchers with a range of 800m, 100,000 sea mines, satellite destroyers designed to blackout America’s media, and an estimated 3000 nuclear weapons And in November 2014 Russia began supplying China with its S-400 missile

This deadly weapon has a tracking range of 600km, and the ability to hit targets 400km away – at an amazing speed of 17,000km an hour Not only does this sale significantly boost China’s military capability, but also it continues to strengthen China’s bond with America’s rival However, despite this budding allegiance, even Russia is wary of its new friend The former Soviet superpower is nervous that China will reverse-engineer the military equipment that Russia currently sells In a short matter of time, this could reduce Russia’s revenue, while China matches its technological prowess

China already displayed new anti-carrier missiles at its World War Two anniversary parade in 2014, among rows of troops, tanks, and aircrafts This event was a prosperous display of nationalism, which hoped to send a clear message to the West about China’s military excellence And in July 2015 Japan expressed fears over China’s reclamation work in the South China Sea China has escalated tensions in Japan and the Philippines, by building artificial reefs in the ocean This has been done to harness oil that belongs to other countries

Challenging these incursions could lead to armed conflict within Asia The US Treasury Department has shown that China is in a formidable position to keep developing its reefs and armed forces as the owner of $13 trillion worth of American debt This has lowered the value of the Chinese Yuan, which makes the country’s exports more competitive, and keeps China’s economy booming As long as China’s economy and its friendship with Russia remain intact, the world is at risk

But on the tumultuous path of international relations, the longevity of the Russo-Chinese axis is questionable Without the force of Russia behind it, China loses the vital trade and military support to actualize global conflict

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