On a recent Foreign Affairs article by John Pomfret and Matthew Pottinger
Great work, guys! Many thanks.
Of course China is preparing for war, but even before Putin's idiotic murder-suicide self-genocide of the slavs misadventure it was evident to Beijing it could never attain by war what it would like to. China sunk enormous resources into trying to compete with the USA militarily, but can't and Xi Jinping and the PLA and PLAN all know it but dare not admit it. They will increasingly focus on humanitarian relief and anti piracy because those things they can do and can even do well are useful and will advance Chinese foreign policy. All Chinese should be glad that China is incapable of invading Taiwan and doing to Chinese what mad Vlad Putin is doing to Slavs.
You're wasting space, and my time reading you arm wrestling with racist bigots and Yankee warmongers like Pomfret (I didn't bother to finish your article). Answering these bigoted morons is so easy. But ten thousand spittles from you won't change anybody's mind. We have a bigger fish to fry. Better off, hence, you and the rest think of and suggest practical ways to destroy the US (dedollarization?) -- from the inside out before Tsinghua and Peking universities import more whitey liberals to teach and so produce imitations thereof that Lu Xun had warned about (Call to Arms, English transl, in 狂人日记). Your biggest worry should be never to let China become a version of the Qing government in its last 2-3 decades (they did economic miracles in the century to early 1700s, like the PRC today). Or worse, for China to become like it was in the early Republican years, with these Chinese Anglophiles voodoo worshipping two sticks tied into a cross. You get plenty of these Anglophiles in HK where the Beijing central government has abandoned 7 million Chinese to the fate of rascals like John Lee aiding and abetting US bankers and fund managers to continue loot the city blind through the US dollar. Nobody in mainland has learned the lessons of 2019, nor have any told the truth about how HK's economy is run by a US-HK cabal that the Beijing rich and powerful turn a blind eye. If China goes down -- again -- it will start with the rot inside, from the fish head.
"Astute observers may have noticed that many words that the CPC and Chinese government routinely use can be traced back to military terms in revolutionary times but no longer invoke a violent nature in a meaningful sense."
That's true. On the other hand, there are situations where they clearly do.
Journalism tends to sell old wine in new bottles - but the old wine isn't necessarily more reassuring than the "new".
Of course not! Beijing is preparing for ... a Dinner Party!