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I would disagree? Was GW Bush Jnr a totalitarian leader when he started the 2nd Iraq War? What about the Suez War of 1956 started by the British and French? Or when the US invaded Grenada during the 1980s? It is pollies who start wars and it's service personnel who pay for it in blood and lives. Very few pollies are willing to literally pay the price with their own blood and life. I would suggest that you read up on Chinese imperial history as well because there has been expansions of Chinese borders by imperial dynasties.Ngatimozart has hit the nail on the head, or to put that another way around, it is the head that hits the nail.
Analysts who talk only at a macro-level, miss the greatest lesson of history - it is leaders who start wars for totalitarian nations are not rational actors. Having ruthlessly purged so many, having determinedly collated such power in his hands, having so assetively expanded the borders of China like no other Chinese leader ever has, the fate of the entire Indo-Pacific region depends upon what Xi orders and what is on is mind.
Time for our navies and nations to prepare my friends as the CCP builds the equivalent of the French Navy every four years.
'Dictator for life': Xi Jinping's power grab condemned as step towards tyranny