1. China And The United States May Go To War
China has boasted that it’s enjoying what it calls a “peaceful rise”—but it’s unlikely it’ll stay that way. Few global powers have ever passed on the torch without a violent conflict, and there’s little reason to think that the US and China will break the mold.
China’s getting ready for it. One of Xi Jinping’s goals for 2050 is to build a world-class military that, in his words, “can fight and win”—even against the United States of America.
So far, though, it doesn’t seem like the US is just going to take China’s rise lying down. The two countries have been locked in an aggressive back-and-forth of political spats, tariffs, and struggles to keep each other in check.
There’s every reason to think that this will all build to a new Cold War—or, if things really go sour, a brutal, violent conflict that will only leave one superpower standing.