I think what some of this discussion has perhaps overlooked (but touched on by guanotwozero), is the CCP and it's assumption of an inherited 'Mandate of Heaven'. Above all, the CCP cannot lose face domestically. As time goes on, more mainland Chinese (Chinese) people will question the CCP's assumed right to rule. The days of the Chinese people being insulated from the realities of the world up to and during the Mao era before Détente in 1972, despite the increasingly frantic efforts of the CCP and Xi, will eventually disappear. This is the great fear of the CCP; losing it's tenacious grip on legitimacy. So the question is would a domestically insecure CCP feel comfortable backing down past a certain point?
Therefore it could be argued, that no slight on the PRC, and therefore the CCP, could be tolerated. For the last two decades, the CCP's legitimacy has been supported by rising standards of living. International travel by Chinese, especially holidays and buying into international real estate, has proliferated. Similarly, the number of Chinese students attending overseas universities has risen dramatically, to the point where here in Australia, universities having relied on international students, predominately from the PRC, for a large part of their income are facing financial walls with Australian borders closed due to COVID. Chinese are becoming accustomed to indulgences that rising prosperity brings, and the CCP knows this. Take that away, and the CCP are in trouble.
IMO, the PRC would have to regard any economic blockade as a declaration of war. As history shows, existential threats (real or propaganda induced) tend to promote right wing and nationalistic sentiments. Just what the CCP needs.
There is also the West's reliance on PRC manufactured products. Any embargo on PRC goods would have profound implications for the global economy. The COVID crisis has made us all aware of domestic manufacture and supply chain failings...just think face masks.
Why not rethink the White English expanded from Britain to North America, Australia? Read true history.
IMHO,such the freak political paranoia to blockade China like pirate action just regard as what your forefather did.
Pirate DNA, conspicuously, were inherited by you.
The reason why you can discuss like the civilized manner? cuz your forefathers robbed money, then bought the Tail Coat.
And the Tail Coat with the original sin stands on the "civilized" highland to blame someone was dangerous and, in its real ourpose, it try to plunder a new round of treasure, lands and labbor.
How a freaky hypocrisy!
God bless you for your Mandate of Heaven. God bless you for your right of robbery.
Weakness and ignorance are not barriers to survival, but arrogance is.
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