China and Russia: The Authoritarian-Imperialist Threat To World Peace
As 2021 ends, Russia threatens to invade Ukraine (eastern Europe) and China threatens to invade Taiwan (east Asian littoral).
Russia's early December troop movements along its Ukraine border and China's fall 2021 aerial and naval penetrations of Taiwanese territory are well-publicized displays of massed conventional armed forces poised to enter another nation's sovereign territory and wage war.
The displays demonstrate Moscow's and Beijing's military capabilities to launch peace-shattering offensive strikes with the goal of seizing territory they do not currently possess.
The publicity campaigns accompanying Russia's and China's saber-rattling include diplomatic harangues, economic bullying and calculated attacks on democracy.
However, Russia's and China's propaganda is so blatantly theatrical I doubt either dictatorship is making immediate preparations for war.
My December bet: the military shows of force are really camera-ready feints to attract media attention and frighten spineless Western leaders -- and unfortunately, we've too many of those.
What we are witnessing in December 2021 are Russian and Chinese "power cocktails" mixing diplomacy with economic and military power. The cocktail goals: seeding moral weaknesses in democratic nations, exploiting sensational U.S. media, and manipulating the Biden administration.
The wages of weakness: the Afghanistan bugout and debacle exposed the Biden administration as pompous, militarily ignorant and inept.
Beyond December 2021? We will have to confront the troubling, deep history.
Fact: Both Moscow and Beijing insistently tell the world they intend to dominate the nations they target. When the opportunity arises, they will both move beyond domination to annexation. Russia will annex Ukraine; China will absorb Taiwan.