As the trade war between the United States and China seems to be cooling off, could a real war be on the horizon?
In the world of military might, the United States stands alone. When you take the scope, size, and technological advancement into account, there is simply no doubt that the US is the top dog.
Following closely behind is likely Russia, who, as a Cold War opponent, ramped up their weapons program immensely facing the threat of thousands of American nuclear warheads being stored in battle ready bunkers around the continental US. In a dogfight between the two, no mutually assured destruction to be had, the US would likely still be able to whoop the Russians, but it would likely be a lot tighter than we’d like to admit.
And then there’s China; a notoriously secretive nation with their own empirical concerns to address in the South China Sea before stepping up to harassing the United States in earnest.
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The Pentagon warned in a startling new report that China is likely training for bombing strikes against U.S. targets, while developing its nuclear capabilities.
The revelations come in the Pentagon’s 2018 report to Congress on “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” which focuses on developments in 2017.
Overall, the report found that China wants to leverage its economic, diplomatic and strategic strength to “establish regional preeminence and expand the country’s international influence.”Militarily, the report said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been developing capabilities in “overwater bomber operating areas” and is “gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against U.S. and allied targets.”
This is part of a broader commitment to strengthening the PLA so it can operate farther away from China.
While China is likely not in the same technological realm as the US military is, they do possibly hold a military personnel population advantage that would make dealing with an incoming invasion quite the headache.