The Chinese Communist Party posted a video online Monday warning Japan that they would face retaliation by nuclear bombardment if they interfere in China’s growing reunification efforts with Taiwan.
“We will use nuclear bombs first. We will use nuclear bombs continuously. We will do this until Japan declares unconditional surrender for the second time,” the video declares.
The Baoji Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Party shared the video on its Xigua page. Xigua is a video hosting platform similar to YouTube, and its parent company has extensive connections to the Communist Chinese Party.
The video has since been taken off of Xigua but can still be found across the internet. Jennifer Zeng, human rights activist and refugee from the Chinese Communist Party, reposted an excerpt of the video on her Twitter page:
#CCP Vows to Nuke #Japan if Japan defends #Taiwan. As Japan is the only country that has been nuked, so nuking Japan "will get twice the result with half the effort."
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) July 13, 2021
The video continues, “When we liberate Taiwan if Japan dares to intervene by force — even if it only deploys one soldier, one plane or one ship — we will not only return fire but also wage full-scale war against Japan itself.”
This video is a deviation from China’s stated policy of no-first-use of nuclear weapons, to which the country has adhered to the policy since 1964, when it became the fifth nation in the world to have a nuclear arsenal. The Chinese government said that year that “China will never at any time or under any circumstances be the first to use nuclear weapons.” China has repeatedly affirmed the policy and did so as recently as 2011.
The no-first-use policy enabled China to amass a moderate nuclear arsenal nominally for the sake of deterrence. It appears, however, that the Chinese Communist Party is now more interested in using nuclear weapons to extort their neighbors.
In a major speech delivered on July 1 celebrating the Communist Chinese Party’s centennial anniversary, President Xi Jinping said that the 21st century will be defined by China’s increasing presence on the international stage. Xi emphasized that China will no longer continue to “accept sanctimonious preaching from those who feel they have the right to lecture us.”
Xi emphasized his dedication to establishing control over Taiwan, saying that “realizing China’s complete reunification is a historic mission and an unshakable commitment of the Communist Party of China” and “We must take resolute action to utterly defeat any attempt toward ‘Taiwan independence.’ ”
On July 6, Deputy Prime Minister of Japan Taro Aso said that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would present Japan with an existential threat and that if it should occur, the United States must intervene alongside them.
Aso said, “If a major incident happened (over Taiwan), it’s safe to say it would be related to a situation threatening the survival (of Japan). If that is the case, Japan and the U.S. must defend Taiwan together.”
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