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China's Xi pledges to build modern socialist country

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While I can't say I agree with his opinion on Taiwan, I certainly feel China has earned more and more respect in these past 5 years and are making great advances to become to worlds No.1 superpower (economical not militaristic). Even in 'high-tech' Japan, you can see that China has already overtaken Japan in many ways.

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"Capitalist communism with authoritarian characteristics"

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a title that would put him on par with Mao Zedong.

Not something to live up to.

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The concentration of wealth and power in hierarchical systems brings the use of nuclear weapons just a bit faster or slower, along the path of inevitable use, which will be the end of the world. To keep the false hope of survival alive, people sometimes gossip about political situations. Politics is how rich people shape the opinions of the riffraff in their service.  If your country doesn't allow free speech, it's not a country. It is prison with a flag.

How about Xi Jingping bring adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the Chinese people.

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if he can be friends with putin, the world has some hope.

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On self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as its own, Xi said China would never allow the island to separate from China, and said China would strive to fully transform its armed forces into a world-class military by the mid-21st century.

That sounds worrying. Especially if you're living in Taiwan and not pro-Beijing.

I hope China leaves the ROC alone.

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I have read US military estimates that China will be militarily as strong, or stronger, than the US by 2050, at the latest. I suppose that means that at some time in the future that China will be strong enough to insist that Taiwan submit to Peking's political demands, which seems a shame. Taiwan will eventually go the way of Tibet and Hong Kong, just because they are smaller than Peking. Meanwhile, China allows North Korea to be ruled by a psychopath.

As for being a modern socialist state, will China ever have socialized medicine? It seems almost funny to call itself a modern socialist state, while denying healthcare to its citizens.

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lomaeOct. 18 02:49 pm . Even in 'high-tech' Japan, you can see that China has already overtaken Japan in many ways.

Like what? Besides air pollution.

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That sounds worrying. Especially if you're living in Taiwan and not pro-Beijing.

I hope China leaves the ROC alone.

So long as there is U.S. military presence in the region and on Okinawa, China will leave ROC alone. But when U.S. military leaves Okinawa and scales back military presence in Japan, you can bet China will increase its maritime military presence in the region.

Look on a map and you'll see the proximity of Okinawa to Taiwan and why the U.S . maintains a military presence on that island.

According to Ian Eaton, a China research analyst with a Washington-based thinktank, in his book "The Chinese Invasion Threat", China plans to invade, attack and annex Taiwan by 2020.

Reference: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-secret-military-plan-invade-taiwan-2020/

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/10/05/2003679744

This will probably happen after Trump is voted out and replaced by a pusillanimous pacifist progressive Democrat POTUS who would rather appease than risk a military confrontation and casualties.

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