Chinese authorities are increasing military spending by 6.6%, even as the economy and other sectors are struggling to get on track amid the coronavirus. The move demonstrates the regime’s priorities, and comes alongside its new form of aggressive and often hostile “Wolf Warrior diplomacy.”
Xi Jinping, head of the Chinese Communist Party, has asked the People’s Liberation Army to scale up battle preparations, PLA soldiers in Hong Kong have promised to “deter separatist forces and external intervention,” and satellite images show China’s military bases have training replicas of foreign landmarks including Taiwan’s presidential building.
The actions of Chinese authorities are raising a key question: is a war with China possible?
We elaborate on this issue, and other topics, in this episode of Crossroads.