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Is China Sending a Message?

Its certainly no secret that China's role on the world stage, has been growing by leaps and bounds, over the last decade, or so, but the tide of recent events makes me wonder if China hasn't decided if "now", isn't the time to make a move.

In no particular order:

1) China is ready to launch its very first aircraft carrier. Aircraft carriers are the global equivalent to a gold plated Rolls Royce, when it comes to projecting power, on a global scale.

2) China is putting into operational use, a land-sea cruise missile that will reach out to the "second islands", potentially causing US carrier forces back westward, to avoid harm.

3) China clamps down harder on the export of rare earths, which, despite not beiing all that "rare", are currently in short supply, due to their use in numerous areas of modern technology, which has caused swelling demand, and the lack of development by Western producers.

4) China has been spending willy-nilly, all over the world to ensure access to commodities of the bread and butter type needed to build a "first world" economy.

5) China has been diligently working on putting in place bilateral trade agreements between themselves and other nations that cut the USD out of the loop. Along this same line, China has been making waves in the PM markets, gold, in particular, both by buying more in the open markets, as well as cutting back any exports of domestic production. (If I'm not mistaken, China is the second largest producer of gold, behind South Africa,).

Perhaps I'm being a bit paranoid, but I'm feeling a bit unsettled.


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