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Every day there are several new stories about China's plans for global domination.

Is a war with China inevitable or are the Pentagon hawks looking to increase a U.S. defense budget that is already obscenely huge?($621 Billion in 2021)

Every year the U.S. continues to outspend the entire rest of the world on it's defense. Not even China can hope to overcome the cold hard economics of defense spending. It is a black hole, a money pit. The U.S. can afford to spend hundreds of billions of dollars every year because it is a very wealthy country and there's plenty of money to run the rest of the government, but China is not a wealthy country.

Like Russia, the Chinese cannot afford to keep up with the U.S. and so they are looking for that great technological leap ahead that will permanently shift the balance of power in their favor, without the necessity of armed conflict. They reason that faced with insurmountable odds and certain defeat, the west will capitulate. The problem with this strategy is that once the Chinese have this super-weapon, they must reveal that they have it, and then they have to demonstrate that it works, without inadvertently provoking a global nuclear response where everyone is shooting at them.

2021 Defense Budgets

U.S. $621 Billion
China $62 Billion
France $55.6 Billion (2016)
Russia $50 Billion
UK $42.8 Billion
Japan $41 Billion (2016)
Germany $40.9 Billion (2019)

Do the Chinese have a long-term plan for global domination that hinges on it's ability to coerce the rest of the world into going along with the plan, or else? As in: Let China invade Taiwan or else... Let China annex the South China Sea or else...

If so, has this strategy worked for Beijing? No, so far it hasn't. What China's strategy is actually doing is causing the west-leaning Asian-Pacific nations to start feeling the need to let China know that it's aggressive behavior will not be tolerated and if China wants war, China will have war. Does China really want war?

No. China does not want war, China wants stability and there are indications that China is not as stable, economically, as it needs to be.

What's wrong in China?

Growth is slowing. The cracks are showing. The government is mismanaging the economy. There's too much corruption at all levels. Power in China is too tightly concentrated at the very top echelons of the government and military. The Chinese justice system serves the will of the elites.

The Chinese government is essentially a racist and bigoted organization that will attempt to control every aspect of Chinese life and eliminate or appropriate anything it sees as a threat. Like Russia, the Chinese leadership might actually have this dream of China becoming the one and only global superpower and that the competing powers, namely the U.S.A., need to get out of China's way so that she can effortlessly ascend to greatness, because that is her destiny. Etcetera.

Pressure over China's human rights abuses mounts ahead of Beijing Olympics - The Washington Post Christian Shepherd and Lily Kuo 11/26/21

Australia says China's 'alarming' actions at odds with peaceful rhetoric Reuters – 11/25/21

The U.S. Should not have any illusions about Taiwan says China - - - Reuters 11/25/21

Philippines rejects China's demand to remove grounded navy ship Reuters – 11/24/21

Pentagon officials ‘remain baffled by Chinese hypersonic missile technology’ after Beijing tested weapon that could deploy a nuke while travelling at five times the speed of sound Daily Mail - Stewart Carr 11/21/21

How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Quest for Clean Energy NY Times - Eric Lipton & Dionne Searcey 11/21/21

U.S. warns China after South China Sea standoff with Philippines Reuters - Akriti Sharma, Susan Heavey, Philippa Fletcher 11/19/21

Biden 'considering' a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics hosted by China USA Today - Deirdre Shesgreen and Tom Schad 11/18/21

China is ready for a full-scale invasion of Taiwan and has added missiles and amphibious boats to strengthen assault: Congress' dire warning after US said they'd step in if Beijing attacked island Daily Mail – Morgan Phillips 11/18/21

Instead of standing up to Russia and China, Biden appeases them Yahoo – Peter Morici 11/17/21

AFRICA – The Zombies of Kinshasa – der Spiegle Heiner Hoffmann 10/14/21