He sold into the lies (by China thru its spies) in his era that he shouldn't poke the beast while it was waging war with us.
We receive equivalently targeted lies of our era from them during this war. They update their lies regularly.
It's our job to win the war, not lose it.
Remember: the war China wages against us is after invention of nuclear bombs. It has all those facets of design. Stop sacrificing yourself on the Aztec altar by saying "oh how kind of them not to nuke all Earth."