In early September 2020, the Pentagon issued a report on the development of China’s military and security services. The report is destined for US Congress, where the US Defense Department has been sending such reports for the last 20 years.
Central to China's rise as a global power are the attempts to increase its influence over Xinjiang, the country's biggest and most mineral rich region.
The US struggling to recover as a result of the economic downturn and global isolation triggered by the Coronavirus, Beijing senses American vulnerability, feels capable of confronting the US, finds a time to forge a strategic agreement with Iran.
The “loss” of China in 1949 was perhaps the biggest blow to strike American hegemony in the post-World War II era, and it is felt increasingly to this day.
A major military conflict is brewing at the heart of Asia. It could come to nothing, or it could affect four countries.