It doesn’t take a political savant to see the writing on the global wall these days, as individual nations begin to divest from the international community, lining up alongside their ideological compatriots and preparing for trouble.
This is most notable in the east, where authoritarian nations continue to conglomerate power and influence in the face of western democracy’s spread. Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are all falling into line with one another of late, and they’re wasting no time issuing ludicrous threats to the rest of the world around them.
The latest lurch toward a third world war comes to us from the far east, where China is overtly threatening the United States with a “catastrophic conflict”.
The U.S. had been engaging in suppression and containment of China rather than engaging in fair, rule-based competition, Foreign Minister Qin Gang told a news conference on the sidelines of an annual parliament meeting in Beijing.
“The United States’ perception and views of China are seriously distorted,” said Qin, a trusted aide to President Xi Jinping and until recently China’s ambassador in Washington.
“It regards China as its primary rival and the most consequential geopolitical challenge. This is like the first button in the shirt being put wrong.”
Then came the ugly threats.
“If the United States does not hit the brakes, and continues to speed down the wrong path, no amount of guardrails can prevent derailment, which will become conflict and confrontation, and who will bear the catastrophic consequences?”
China’s belligerence has been swelling over the course of the last year, especially as they began to defend their relationship with Russia – the global villain du jour on account of their ongoing genocide in Ukraine.