Gregory R Copley, The New Total War of the Twenty-first Century and the Trigger of the Fear Pandemic, in re: What does China look like on the other side of the pandemic? The PRC has been engages with this new form of warfare against the US and its allies for he last decade; now escalating rapidly. Just as Xi announces that the new thirty-years war is launched and the US must accept the inevitable rise of China, we see that it’s not only not inevitable, it’s over. Xi has endeavored to make sure that Trump isn't re-elected in 2020; that project is over, as the Chinese economy has been going downhill for ten years but the pandemic plus the panic in the global market show that China’s huge rise will not occur in our lifetimes The CCP has been so appallingly dishonest that Chinese people no longer believe it. Translates into unrest. Escalating natural disasters: unremitting flooding, plus a half-dozen or more earthquakes. The very Three Gorges dam is damaged and could give way. Also famine: if they don't import more than they produce, famine in the land. It's all related and accelerating in its impact. Polluted ground water produces pollute crops. Millions of tons of grain rotting. China must import massive amounts of food, demanding more than can be delivered.
Xi tried to attack the real threat of India’s refusing to let China steal land to create the land bridge it wants. PLA tried to intimidate India, which sent a million troops. Tried to intimidate Taiwan, which failed [and much irritated the Taiwanese]; and Hong Kong will cost them a great deal of money. The crackdown may sever HK activism from the Mainland, but has rightly alarmed Taiwan.
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After Red China (PRC) fades. Gregory R Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs
And Then, What? Looking Beyond China and the Virus
Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs.1 Some things totally new await to challenge us beyond the threat of war between the People’s Republic of China and its rivals. Beyond COVID-19 and the economic crisis we allowed it to engender. Beyond the looming US elections which affect us all.
Yet we have not thought of this novel world awaiting. For many, it holds promise.
We are conditioned to respond to the threatening stimuli which surround us. Would that it were a mere choice between “fight or flight”. Instead, the response is often paralysis, craven acceptance and subservience, or a resort to what worked last time.
The greater and more complex the threat and activity which surround us, the shorter-term and closer our view becomes. In days darkened by urgent fears, we barely see nightfall, let alone tomorrow. Next year is another world. Our ability to reason lost.
For much of humanity — and particularly in the United States itself — the great fear is over the turmoil and distraction which always accompanies the build-up to a US presi-dential election. It is not an event which is isolated from the rest of the world. Whatever room remains in us for other fears and concerns in 2020 seem overwhelmingly directed at the fate of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its boiling war with the US. And the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and its socio-economic ramifications. And what these great intertwined events will mean for the world.
But after that, what? Will the world — after the US presidential election, regardless of its outcome — transition to a flatlining calm? Or burst into a new phase of internal US pre-occupation with factionalism?
Few, however, are asking the other leading question: after China, what? Implicit in this, as well, is “after COVID-19, what?” Indeed, everything passes, and everything is con-nected. Everything has consequences in the continuum of time and space. So why not ask the question which demands that we raise our heads above the parapet to gaze into the future? Not even far into the future: Can the People’s Republic of China survive? Rather, can the Communist Party of China (CPC) survive in control of China?
The PRC, to a far greater degree than the US, is approaching a watershed in its history. And the “China watershed” may occur before the US election watershed. This was emerging into clarity by the middle of 2020.