China celebrates 70 years of communist control and ‘peace-keeping’ military
The military arm of the Chinese Communist Party was on full display Tuesday, as Chinese President Xi Jinping displayed his armed forces and promised that “no force can shake the status” of the world’s largest authoritarian nation.
The perfectly-manicured and choreographed military display was part of China’s 70th anniversary of communist rule and was complete with aircraft, missile carriers, and tens of thousands of troops.
According to Al Jazeera, Beijing also showcased a hypersonic ICBM, capable of reaching the U.S. in 30 minutes or less. While the missile is reported to be capable of flying low and fast to its target without detection, the same “grain of salt with a pinch of caution” that applies to most Chinese military technology should be taken into consideration.
During the event, Xi was clad in a traditional “Mao suit,” made famous by Mao Zedong, who killed tens of millions through force and failed policy. Standing before his people, Xi told them that no one would challenge China’s might.
“There is no force that can shake the status of this great nation,” he said. “No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation forging ahead.”
China’s military -which is not a military in the traditional sense but more like the armed wing of the CCP- has been aggressively growing and expanding its global footprint, all to the usual chants of doing so in the name of “peace.” From enforcing order in places where the new Belt and Road Initiative has been introduced to building artificial islands and carrying out aggressive interceptions of air and land trade, the Chinese have established themselves as a somewhat belligerent force in the 2010s- and the looming 2020s seem to show no signs of them slowing down.
While the mainland appeared to stand in eerie solidarity, the Cantonese people in Hong Kong continue to riot and protest in the face of Xi’s facade of national unity. Earlier today, one citizen was shot with live ammunition by local CCP-controlled police, amidst a backdrop of graffiti that displayed slogans such as, “Topple the Commies” and “Communist China, go to hell.”
Information leaked to War Is Boring authors from unnamed sympathizers within the Hong Kong Police Force indicate that the Chinese military garrison is preparing for a potentially violent offensive in the name of “order,” and that rumors abound concerning the possibility that western influencers -be they of government employment, military status or simply sympathizers of the pro-liberty movement- are quietly teaching certain sects of protestors how to conduct a form of soft guerrilla-style resistance, should the People’s Liberation Army or People’s Armed Police step in.
As 2020 draws near, the actions by the PLA in such places as Africa, Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and the Xinjiang Province will set the precedent for years to come- and possibly set the tone for future conflicts with near-peer nations.
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