- Economic competition and trade deficits
- The independence of Taiwan
- The independence of Hong Kong
- Ongoing disputes over the Korean Peninsula
- The ongoing border dispute with India
- China's claims over the South China Sea, particularly certain important trade routes
- China's military build-up and its increased naval presence (and aggressiveness) throughout the Pacific
- China's recent nuclear tests held in violation of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
- China's ongoing human rights violations, especially in Xianjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong
- China's lack of religious freedom, and its ongoing crackdown on Christianity
- China's use of cyber-espionage
- China's digital policing of the Internet, including its use of pressure on Western tech and social media companies
- China's use of Confucius Institutes to influence Western academia, and to gain access to Western technology
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In business, there is a concept called "Environmental Scanning." It has nothing to do with pollution or climate change. Instead, the environment the term refers to is the business environment, both external and internal, in which the organization operates, seeking to identify emerging threats and opportunities that must be addressed, if the organization is to survive.
Environmental scanning looks at a broad
range of things which can impact the organization's future operations,
including political and economic conditions, its supply chain and
consumer base, emerging geopolitical threats, proposed legislation,
sociological and demographic trends, customer satisfaction and
expectations, technological changes, and its competitors.
"Identifying opportunities and threats is the very core of risk management. It enables companies to formulate important strategies and plans of actions while minimizing threats and taking advantage of opportunities that arise" (reference). Likewise, the principles of environmental
scanning can be used to identify and assess the current events of our emerging dystopia.
- The Internal Threat - Political and economic Elites who want to destroy America and Western Civilization to create their version of utopia. They believe Western Civilization is bad, that America in particular is evil, and that Judeo-Christian values and ethics are too restricting.
- The Hijra (Conquest by Immigration) - The active invasion of Western Civilization by Muslims through "peaceful" immigration, along with (often violent) demands for various accommodations, special legal status, and the acceptance and even imposition of Sharia Law, is both intentional and well-organized.
- China and The Thucydides Trap - China seeks to replace the US as the world's dominant superpower, and to that end has been waging an economic, political, and diplomatic war against America for decades, while preparing for an inevitable "hot" war with America. China is convinced this war must happen because of an historical concept known as The Thucydides Trap.
- The Rise of High Tech and Artificial Intelligence - Massive advancements in science and technology are driving massive economic and sociological changes. These changes, both positive and negative, will be extremely disruptive, and can easily lead to dystopian civilization marked by authoritarian government and powerful corporations, with a huge divide between a privileged elite, and a disempowered underclass they rule over.