Paranoia appears to walk in President Xi’s shadow

His claim that the United States is ‘goading’ China into a war over Taiwan lacks credibility

Paranoia runs deep among the Communist Party of China’s elite. With President Xi Jinping running the show, that is hardly surprising.

After all, he appears to be living up to legendary “gonzo” journalist Hunter S Thompson’s quote that “there is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment.”

Comrade Xi revealed those “worst fears” when he told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that the United States was trying to “goad” him into attacking Taiwan, the Financial Times reported recently.

Yet he fanned the flames of conflict at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2022 when he said in a major speech:

We insist on striving for the prospect of peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and with the greatest efforts. [But], we are not committed to abandoning the use of force.

“The historical wheels of national reunification and rejuvenation are rolling forward, reunification must be achieved and reunification will be achieved,” he added.

The quarantine is not to completely seal Taiwan

Center for Strategic and International Studies

War of aggression.

Delve deeper: The Chinese Navy has conducted daily drills around the island during the past two years. A ring of warships has been used to encircle Taiwan in “quarantine” operations.

Big picture: “The quarantine is not to completely seal Taiwan off from the world but to assert China’s control by setting the terms for traffic in and out of the island,” a Washington think tank warned last month.

Between the lines: “A key goal is to compel countries and companies to comply with China’s terms,” a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies pointed out.

China Factor comment: Xi’s aggressive policies stoked by Party nationalism at home and paranoia abroad have left him not seeing “reds under the bed” but stars and stripes.