Chinese leader Xi Jinping has said that he is preparing China for war. And the world "must take it seriously."
Xi Jinping's words are quoted by Foreign Affairs.
As the publication reports, such a statement came from the mouth of the Chinese leader during the annual meeting of the PRC Parliament and its highest political advisory body.
Xi Jinping broached the topic of war readiness in four separate speeches, and in one of them he told his generals to "fight boldly."
His government also reportedly announced a 7.2% increase in China's defense budget, which has doubled in the past decade, as well as plans to make the country less dependent on foreign grain imports.
In addition, in recent months Beijing has promulgated new laws on military preparedness. It is also known about the construction of new bomb shelters in cities on the other side of the Taiwan Strait and the creation of new offices of the "National Defense Mobilization" throughout the country.
The publication draws attention to the fact that it is still too early to say what these events mean for sure, but "the conflict is not certain or inevitable."
"But something has changed in Beijing, and politicians and business leaders around the world cannot afford to ignore it. If Xi says he is preparing for war, it would be foolish not to take him at his word," writes Foreign Affairs.
It will be recalled that China has also declared its readiness to cooperate with the Russian army to supposedly strengthen strategic communication and coordination.
It is also noteworthy that the USA recently declared that China, as well as Russia and Iran, will threaten world security for many years to come.