With all the hysteria regarding Russia, Russia collusion, Russian interference, Russia this, and Russia that, we seem to be ignoring one extremely large country at play. China.
China, according to Wikipedia, has an estimated population of 1, 403, 500, 365 people. It is an extremely large country in terms of people, land, and most certainly economy. While half the US focuses on Russia, who takes a back seat to China in population, land, and economy, China is increasing their military.
Russia and China may be able to match each other in military might now, Russia certainly had the upper hand at one point, and really within the last decade. China over the past five years has been increasing their military might.
According to Defense News, China has increased their military spending by 8.1% to $173 billion. China is also launching their second aircraft carrier this year. China would like to beef up their stealth fighters and missile programs too. China's Peoples Liberation Army consists of 2 million soldiers.
China has said it once and has said it once again, this as recent as April 27, 2018 per Breitbart, that America can't protect Taiwan.
Let's not forget that the U.S and China have been in conflict in cyber space for over a decade now. Chinese hackers attack the US, either government, businesses, or citizens everyday, and you better believe the US does it back. Now the US and China did sign an agreement over cyber crime and hacking in 2015, but it really didn't stop anything.
A good article to read on this is this Newsweek one by Dorothy Denning.
Is World War III coming, is it inevitable? I've been talking about powder kegs for a long while now, President Trump seems to be doing all he can to get rid of the powder kegs, but it's tough. President Trump made a historic meeting with an ally of China's, North Korea. China is North Korea's lifeline for the most part, and have been since the Korean War.
President Trump has also been trying to keep a good relationship with President Xi, but has made clear that the US will not be taking advantage of anymore, specifically on trade. As of today, the US and China have entered a trade war in hopes of better trade deals as a result, more on that per Fox Business.
Also as of today, a leak that sparked this post came to light, it was a Chinese government leak, and that leak contained information on growing their military and overtaking the United States. According to Express, China has plans to ramp up their military, which they're already doing, to win wars and eventually overtake the United States. Again this information is straight from Chinese government documents.
The documents could suggest that China just wants to be a strong, if not the strongest, nation in the world. They cited the U.S, Russia, and Japan when talking about that. China is strong, but not strong enough yet.
President Trump is trying to keep China on the good side, but it looks like China has plans of their own.