Because people still refuse to reflect back on the historical past, one nation just might be doomed to repeat it. A likely target of the CCP in a hot war is Taiwan. Perhaps even border skirmishes and/or enormous protests would also suffice to drum up public support. The only thing that stands in their way is Democracy and the CCP knows China cannot survive with their form of oppressive government forever, therefore a distraction or scapegoat is necessary.
One of the biggest foreign and national security questions regarding the new Chinese Communist Party leadership is whether newly anointed General Secretary and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping will sponsor a foreign “adventure” to consolidate his relatively weak power base.
Historical parallels are not lacking.
After Deng Xiaoping seized power after the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), the late patriarch launched a punitive war against Vietnam in 1979.
That brief but bloody battle served to buttress Deng’s status as the nation’s undisputed supremo as well as “chief architect of reform.”
In the international scene, Deng’s unexpected flash of aggressiveness demonstrated the readiness of the People’s Liberation Army to do whatever it takes to substantiate China’s claims to being a major player in global geopolitics
Full article: As Xi takes the helm, a foreign military ‘adventure’ is an attractive option (World Tribune)
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