(NationalSentinel) The last time the Chinese army saw major combat was in 1979, when it was embarrassed by experienced veterans in the Vietnamese army. Since then the Asian giant has been fairly docile.

But within the past decade the Chinese have spent mightily on their military, modernizing what was once a hopelessly outdated force. Today, the Chinese can field a fairly capable military with technological advances that pose serious risks to opposing forces. And it appears that, for some reason, the current Chinese leadership want to test it out against America.

In contemplating a worst-case scenario in U.S.-Chinese relations, a senior Chinese military official was quoted by the South China Morning Post as saying that “‘a war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.”

The SCMP was quoting from a commentary written by an anonymous Chinese military official on the People’s Liberation Army web site. Such state-run organs are used often by the Chinese government to make statements of policy without actually attributing them to any particular official.

As noted further by Zero Hedge:

China’s sabre-rattling then peaked earlier last week, following an unconfirmed report that China’s military moved long range ICBM closer to the north east border in Heilongjiang province, within firing range of the US. As reported here, Chinese social media carried pictures claiming to show the Dongfeng-41 advanced intercontinental ballistic missile system near the Russian border.

Chinese leaders obviously are nervous about a Trump presidency; the commander-in-chief has not minced words when it comes to what he sees as unfair trade practices by China. In response, Beijing is playing the ‘war’ card.

But that’s not the smartest play. First, despite years of neglect by former President Obama, the U.S. military is still the most capable on the planet. Secondly, like Mexico, China needs the U.S. consumer market to sustain its own economic growth. And while Americans certain enjoy lower cost goods from China, that’s not the only place to get them.

The world may not like the anti-globalism of Trump but its leaders need to take a breath, relax, and understand that without American dollars-investment and consumerism-the global economy doesn’t exist on anywhere near the current level. War will only exacerbate that, and frankly, the Chinese know it.

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