Conflict around the globe is heating up.
Several regions of the world are a tinder box that could have ramifications for the United States.
But one growing security threat could pose a greater danger than the last two world wars.
More people are beginning to understand that China is America’s greatest geopolitical threat.
Despite big media’s obsession with Russia, the former communist superpower has a GDP on par with the state of Texas.
China, on the other hand, is threatening to surpass the old Soviet Union as an existential threat.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made a similar point recently while speaking at an event saying, “We are in a difficult period now.”
He remained optimistic that both sides would come to a solution that would ease tension, but said escalation would lead to a “catastrophic outcome.”
Considering both nations have nuclear arsenals, that’s undoubtedly true.
Kissinger continued, “It’s no longer possible to think that one side can dominate the other…it will be worse than the world wars that ruined European civilization.”
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this conflict is that China does believe it can dominate.
They have a long-term goal of becoming the global hegemon, and they’re taking steps to achieve that.
Unlike the USSR, China has embraced some degree of free markets.
This allowed the country to go from widespread poverty under Maoism to an emerging economy over the last 40 years.
So while they’re still a nightmarish authoritarian state, they now have the money to bankroll their expansionist plans.
China has essentially built islands in the South China Sea for military exercises.
They keep North Korea’s non-existent economy propped up, and they’ve made inroads in Africa and Latin America.
The socialist regime in Venezuela might’ve already collapsed without intervention from China.
China wants the region to the south of us to be destabilized.
President Trump has been in negotiations with China to reverse the decades of trade imbalance that’s helped build up their economy.
For years, they’ve operated at a massive trade surplus while stealing our intellectual property.
Trump and Xi Jinping appear to be de-escalating their trade war, but things can change very quickly.
For example, the ongoing protests in Hong Kong could muddy the waters.
Mainland China is intent on putting its boot on the throat of Hong Kong after the island enjoyed decades of economic prosperity under British rule.
China does not want more attention on their communist takeover of Hong Kong, so more negative press could sour the trade deal with America.
Meanwhile, China has had spies operating in the United State for years, and one of their implements for gathering intelligence, spreading propaganda, and keeping a watchful eye on Chinese nationalists has been the American university system.
Many Confucius Cultural Centers on American campuses have been defunded and shut down due to growing concerns of the security risk they pose.
Americans cannot take China lightly.
A lack of vigilance has allowed them to grow into a force that could threaten the American way of life.