Don't underestimate the chest pumping flying dragon technique. The Bear humping, silent claw technique worked for Russia for 8 years straight and is still working on sheeple worldwide. Give it a couple days or a week.
The bottom-line is that the Empire will continue to align their pieces in the Pacific region and work their assets inside Taiwan to position itself for the moment when they believe it's prudent to break the status-quo, and support Taiwan independence, forcing the Chinese to war.
The Chinese are behaving much like the Russians. Doing anything under the sun to not "fall for the trap", playing the "long game".... hoping the empire collapses... hoping that the empire somehow forgets unfinished business while it's bickering at home.... praying to all the pagan and modern gods and religions known to man to avoid facing the uncomfortable decision before them. In essence, hoping for the inevitable to be otherwise. There is only one way to knock the empire out of its top spot, and that is, to fight them for it. The anglo's will not relinquish and concede like the foolish Soviets.... if anything because the Soviet disintegration is a manual of what NOT to do when an empire is on the ropes.... They'll fight and won't concede until soundly beaten, and so they'll take the fight to their enemies, and preferably close to their land, as is obviously the case. For the empire to be beaten it requires someone, singular or plural, doing the beating. Neither Russia nor China will get the championship belt due to a no-contest decision.
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