Footage – Originally created by the military commentator channel on Xigua, Chinaanalogue of YouTube – calls for bombing Japan and making it obey if it sends “at least one squad” to Taiwan.
It was first posted online two weeks ago, where it received millions of views before being deleted, but was then reprinted on the CCP’s official account in Baoji, a major city in China’s northern province of Shaanxi.
Now it has been removed from this channel as well, but reminded about it within a few days, collecting hundreds of thousands of views and mostly supportive comments.
Chinese officials in Baoji City posted a video created by military observers suggesting that Japan should be hit with nuclear weapons if it invades Taiwan.
This comes amid growing tensions between China and Japan over Taiwan, a self-governing island off the coast of China that has never been ruled by the Communist Party.
The heat around Taiwan has intensified after Beijing passed a draconian security law last June to suppress dissent in Hong Kong, which also enjoyed a degree of autonomy.
In response, an annual war document released by Japan last week said China’s possible attempts to “reunite” Taiwan would be the main threat to the country’s security and could force Tokyo to act.
If Beijing strives to establish greater control over the island nation, it will pose an “existential threat,” the newspaper writes – a careful choice of words, as Japan’s pacifist constitution only allows leaders to engage in war in self-defense.
Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso added that in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, Japanese forces may have to join US forces to create a joint defense.
The newspaper’s wording and Mr. Aso’s comments sparked a fierce response from Beijing: Global Times editor Hu Xijin, the mouthpiece of the state, said the Japanese military would be “destroyed” if they intervene.
This comes after Japan last week identified China’s attempts to gain control of self-governing Taiwan as the main threat to the country that could trigger a military response.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who became known for his cocky and outspoken manners, added: “Japan has for some time … made unfounded accusations about the normal construction of China’s national defense and military activities, made irresponsible remarks about legal maritime activities China, and exaggerated the so-called Chinese threat. “
Amid these tensions, Xigua Six Army Strategies, a military observer group that has nothing to do with the actual Chinese military leadership, posted a video on the Internet proposing a new nuclear strategy for Japan.
When China first developed nuclear weapons in 1964, it adhered to a “no-first-use” policy, which meant that the weapon could only be used in self-defense after China was attacked by an enemy who also used nuclear weapons.
But the Six Army Strategies video suggests creating an “exception for Japan” to that rule, which means Japan could be hit by nuclear weapons even if it doesn’t deploy atomic bombs first.
China has a no-first-use policy, which means it can only use nuclear weapons in self-defense, but the video argues that an exception should be made for Japan.
“When we liberate Taiwan, if Japan dares to intervene by force, even if it only sends one soldier, one plane or one ship, we will not only return fire, but we will start a full-scale war against Japan,” the commentary said.
“We will use nuclear bombs. We will continue to use nuclear bombs until Japan offers its second unconditional surrender. ”
Since Japan is the only country to have been hit by a nuclear attack, such a deterrent will prove to be “doubly effective,” the video says.
“This video is what a lot of people in our country think,” wrote one of the most popular commentators before the video was removed.
‘Okay! I fully support it! The day of revenge is coming! “Said another,
The third added that China should instead launch conventional missiles at Japan’s nuclear reactors so that the resulting explosion “takes care of business.”