In a development that should give serious pause to the Biden administration and the entire western world, the Chinese regime is making no secret of its ambitious expansionist designs, with President Xi Jinping warning last week that any nation that tries to thwart those plans “will face broken heads and bloodshed,” as Fox News reports.
Xi’s remarks came during a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese communist party that was held in front of thousands of people near Tianenmen Square singing patriotic tunes and displaying the national flag, according to the New York Post.
The Chinese president’s defiant remarks were made as global criticism continues to mount over human rights abuses related to the treatment of ethnic Uyghurs, unfair trade practices, intellectual property theft, as well as the country’s response to – and possible involvement in sparking – the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of his anniversary proclamations, Xi declared that China was on the verge of having a fighting force on par with the best anywhere on the globe, saying, “We will turn the people’s military into a world-class military, with even stronger capabilities and even more reliable means to safeguard the nation’s sovereignty, security and development interests.”
Further evidence of Xi’s aggressive aims, was his promise during the speech to achieve full “reunification” with Taiwan, which the party asserts is part of China, but which is ruled democratically from within and whose independence claims enjoy the support of Washington.
“Solving the Taiwan question and realizing the complete reunification of the motherland are the unswerving historical tasks of the Chinese Communist Party…All sons and daughters of China, including compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, must work together and move forward in solidarity, resolutely smashing any ‘Taiwan independence’ plots,” Xi insisted.
Adding to further concerns about China’s ultimate aims is the fact that recent years have seen an increase in its military presence in the South China Sea, despite the vocal opposition of the international community. The communist government has even built islands featuring airstrips in the contentious waters, and earlier this year, Chinese paramilitary ships were seen swarming around a disputed reef, Fox News noted.
Perhaps most alarming to the global community is the recent revelation – obtained through satellite imagery – that China is constructing over 100 new nuclear missile silos that experts suspect may be designed to accommodate missiles capable of transporting multiple warheads at a time to targets upwards of 9,300 miles away.
To date, the Biden administration has appeared reluctant to take an overly confrontational stance when it comes to threats of Chinese aggression, but given the stark language and unmistakable aggression of Xi’s anniversary remarks, that approach may not remain tenable much longer.