The global business elite flocked to China’s Boao forum last week and thrilled to the President’s promises of growth and prosperity. But as they flew home enraptured, they might not have noticed what their host did next.
But as the crowd flew home with those words ringing happily in their ears, Xi made a visit to another part of Hainan island, the site of China’s big new naval base, including an underground port to protect Beijing’s growing fleet of submarines from US spy satellites and, potentially, missiles.
It is the symbol and the reality of China’s growing power to challenge US hegemony over the high seas.
Xi was broadcast on China’s news inspecting the fleet. It was his first visit to a military installation since his formal ascension to the presidency.Sponsored Ads
Xi is telling everybody what they want to hear, but the reality is far different. China’s economy is starting to slow just like the rest of the world. For Chinese leaders that could spell big trouble. It needs a relatively high growth rate to keep the people reasonably happy, or at least not caring so much about all the problems that are building up inside the country. If the economy won’t redirect the people’s attention, then perhaps an aggressive foreign policy will. And that is a policy that cannot accept failure, especially from Japan and the US. Xi’s visit to the Chinese naval base on Hainan Island is perhaps a hint of things that Chinese leaders aren’t telling us.
The idiot and hapless American administration is not helping the situation by continuing to disarm its nuclear arsenal. Thinking that by disarming they are making the country safer. Instead, they are setting up the country to be defeated. Yet, even the vast majority of conservative leaders don’t seem to be alarmed. Why are they not sounding the alarm? I’m wondering if they are caught up in this delusion too?