Is Preparing China for War?

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, made an unexpected move by replacing senior leadership in China’s Rocket Force, responsible for most of China’s nuclear warheads. These changes, combined with other military officer disappearances and suicides, hint at a major upheaval. While some speculate this was due to corruption, others believe it’s because Xi is preparing for war, removing any opposition within the military. Xi’s recent actions and rhetoric about war, military build-up, and threats to countries including the U.S. and Taiwan, suggest an aggressive shift. Amidst China’s economic decline and Xi’s unpopular policies, war might be a way for him to rally national support. The international community is now faced with the alarming possibility of China’s aggressive intentions.