This week, the US State Department issued a declassified list of “threats” China might be planning to attack, and the White House has said the US will “take military action against China if it makes any threat to the United States.”
But what if, instead, the Chinese government had been secretly working to sabotage the US economy?
What if, rather than facing the US as a superpower, China had been a rogue state with no allies, no allies to back up its claim to sovereignty?
The idea of a rogue government has been a long-standing threat in geopolitics, dating back to the Cold War.
The term refers to a small group of states that the US considers threats.
It is typically applied to countries that the United Nations considers to be in the same group as a state, or which the US believes have committed violations of human rights.
In the case of China, it would be a country with no formal ties to the US, the State Department said in its declassified report.
The report describes a “hostile foreign policy” strategy that includes “economic warfare” in the form of economic sanctions, cyberattacks, and other forms of economic warfare, as well as the use of military force to defend the status quo in China.
It also identifies the Chinese military as a “rogue state.”US foreign policy is so complex that the State and Defense Departments routinely release declassified reports on the state of US foreign policy.
In recent years, the reports have focused on issues such as North Korea, Iran, and Russia.
In the State of the Union address this week, President Barack Obama made an ambitious goal of cutting the US deficit in half by 2024.
The Pentagon is planning to spend $2 trillion on a range of military initiatives over the next decade.
The budget includes $4.5 trillion for a new Joint Strike Fighter, and $1.6 trillion for the Navy’s new ships and aircraft.
The US government has also been trying to improve relations with China, including a $15 billion arms deal and a $400 million loan to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a government body that monitors sea and ocean currents.
The deal also includes a $1 billion loan for research on oceanography.
In addition to the $2.5 billion loan, the president has also announced that he will seek to increase the US’s military spending by $1 trillion over the course of his presidency.
The administration has also committed to buying 10 F-35 fighter jets and 12 F-16 stealth fighters, and has promised $700 billion in military aid to South Korea, $300 billion in loans to Ukraine, and more than $200 billion in defense aid to Israel.
As the State Departments report notes, “there is no indication of a specific threat of military attack on the US.”
The report describes the Chinese as “a significant threat,” but the State department notes that “the threat of China as a rogue nation is not yet clear.”
While the report does not specify which countries the US might target for attack, its declassification highlights that the Chinese “have consistently made clear that they seek to destabilize the status of the United State in the South China Sea.”
The US and China are at odds over sovereignty issues in the region, but there are no clear signs that the two nations are working together to attack each other.
The State Department report notes that the “Chinese government has made clear they seek no direct military confrontation with the United Kingdom.”
The US, however, “has made clear its intent to use economic warfare to isolate China in the Asia-Pacific region,” according to the State Dept. report.
In a recent statement, China’s foreign ministry said it welcomed the report, and urged the United countries to fully cooperate in combating the “threat of a hostile foreign policy by China.”
China and the United Arab Emirates were among the countries the report describes as countries “with a history of destabilizing actions against China,” which it called “a threat to regional stability.”