China’s visit to Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week is already costing the Chinese State and Chinese people dearly.
Here are some of the short-term, immediate, sharp ways the United States, Japan, NATO and others in the East, such as India, can counter China militarily, politically, economically and technologically right now in 2023:
- Increase the size and readiness of their militaries.
- Conduct more military exercises in the region.
- Provide more military assistance to countries that are threatened by China.
- Work together to isolate China and prevent it from expanding its influence.
- Sanction China for its human rights abuses.
- Work to promote democracy and the rule of law in China.
- Reduce trade with China.
- Invest in other countries in the region.
- Counter China’s propaganda and disinformation campaigns.
- Develop new technologies that can counter China’s military capabilities.
- Work together to protect their critical infrastructure from Chinese cyber attacks.
- Develop new technologies that can promote democracy and the rule of law in China.
These are just a few of the ways that the United States, Japan, NATO and others in the East can counter China in the short-term, immediate, and sharp term.
Moreover, go after this in China now:
China is currently vulnerable economically in a number of areas, including:
- Its reliance on exports. China’s economy is heavily reliant on exports, which make up around 20% of its GDP. This makes China vulnerable to fluctuations in the global economy, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- Its aging population. China’s population is aging rapidly, which will put a strain on its economy. The working-age population is shrinking, while the number of elderly people is growing. This will make it difficult for China to maintain its current economic growth rate.
- Its high debt levels. China’s debt levels are high, both domestically and internationally. This makes China vulnerable to a financial crisis, such as a banking crisis or a currency crisis.
- Its environmental problems. China is facing a number of environmental problems, such as air pollution, water pollution, and soil pollution. These problems are putting a strain on China’s economy and could lead to social unrest.
- Its technological dependence. China is heavily dependent on imported technologies, such as semiconductors and software. This makes China vulnerable to disruptions in the supply of these technologies, such as a trade war with the United States.
These vulnerabilities could limit China’s economic growth in the years to come.