Pride precedes the fall, arrogance is tragedy waiting to happen and NO empire has ever remained at the top, nor is it possible. But in the dying days of every single one, there were no shortage of people belligerent to the notion of what they were experiencing.
Over 150 posts before anyone mentions the debt. Best sign that the original article is about what is literally possible, rather than what is actually realistic.
Whatever we think of the Chinese government, our economies are intertwined.
If they aggressively attacked our interests (violently seizing regional power unannounced would qualify in my book,) we could withhold all payment until after the dust settled, and then renegotiate the debt, likely in our favor.
Ceasing those payments is going to have a much more immediate and dramatic effect on China than us. Factories there would start closing immediately. The U.S. would get hurt too, but not to the same extent.
So WHY would China attack our interests? They can only hurt themselves.
Though I'd rather not, it could be argued a brief conventional dust-up with China (with them as the aggressor) is exactly what our economy needs. We could negotiate the debt, stimulate the economy, and "rightsize" the Chinese military.
This is lingering Cold War FUD.
As for my personal life I would prefer you didn't comment on that as you do not know me as a person, Thank you.
‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).