“China announced on Thursday that it would establish its first overseas military outpost and unveiled a sweeping plan to reorganize its military into a more agile force capable of projecting power abroad. The outpost, in… Djibouti, breaks with Beijing’s longstanding policy against emulating the United States in building military facilities abroad” (New York Times, November 26, 2015). China’s first deployment of an “infantry battalion to be sent on external peacekeeping operations” has occurred in South Sudan (BBC News, December 2, 2015). Russia recently sold one of its most advanced fighter jets to China—an aircraft never before sold to foreign buyers (Deutsche Welle, November 24, 2015). These new weapons bolster China’s air force and increase “Beijing’s ability to project power in the East”—and around the globe (ibid.). China wants “to create a nimbler army by 2020” and “transform [their army] from a Soviet-era force into a Western-style power” (Deutsche Welle, November 27, 2015).
Bible prophecies suggest China will be one of the “kings from the East” who will fight with a European “beast” power and participate in end-times conflicts that will ultimately destroy “a third of mankind” (cf. Daniel 11:44; Revelation 9:13-18; 16:12). Prophecy is moving toward a climax. This is why we need to watch world events in the light of Bible prophecy (Matthew 24:42-44; 25:13). For more information, read “China’s Century?”