Is China shutting down its economy in preparation for a war that will give China control of the Pacific? China has to take Taiwan to accomplish its strategic goal of hegemony over Asia. To take Taiwan will require China’s merchant ships and civilian aircraft to ferry troops, equipment, and food supplies to Taiwan. The civilian economy will have to redirect consumption to support the war. This will require significant reductions in food consumption, goods, food, medicine, and access to medical services. The CCP may be locking down cities to build supplies needed to fight the war. Russia’s experience going up against Ukraine equipped with Western military technology has alerted the CCP that taking Taiwan will not be easy and will take much longer than planned. It is likely, that the CCP is conditioning the nation for a protracted conflict.