Chinese officials have reposted a video calling on Japan to ruthlessly destroy if it intervenes militarily in Taiwan.
The footage — originally taken by a military commentary channel on Xigua, the Chinese equivalent of YouTube — calls for a bombardment of Japan into submission if it sends “even one troop” to Taiwan.
It was first posted online two weeks ago, where it gained millions of views before being removed, but it was then reposted by the CCP’s official account in Baoji, a major city in China’s northern Shaanxi province.
It has now been removed from that channel as well, but it had hung for several days with hundreds of thousands of views and mostly supportive comments.
Chinese officials in the city of Baoji have reposted a video made by military observers suggesting that Japan should be forced into submission if it interferes militarily in Taiwan
It comes amid simmering tensions between China and Japan over Taiwan, a self-governing island off the Chinese coast that has never been ruled by the Communist Party.
The heat around Taiwan has increased after Beijing passed a draconian security law in June last year that allows it to crack down on dissent in Hong Kong, which also enjoyed a measure of autonomy.
In response, an annual military white paper published by Japan last week said potential attempts by China to “reunify” Taiwan pose a major threat to the country’s security and could force Tokyo into action.
If Beijing wants to exert more control over the island nation, it would pose an “existential threat,” the paper said — a careful choice of words, given Japan’s pacifist constitution only allows leaders to wage war in self-defense.
In the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, Japanese forces may have to join US forces to set up a joint defense, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso added.
The paper’s wording and Mr Aso’s comments sparked an outraged response from Beijing, with Global Times editor Hu Xijin – a state spokesperson – saying the Japanese military will be “destroyed” if it intervenes. .
It comes after Japan last week identified Chinese attempts to assert control over self-governing Taiwan as a major threat to the country, which could lead to a military response.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who is known for his brash and outspoken demeanor, added: “Japan has for some time … made unreasonable accusations against China’s normal national defense construction and military activities, making irresponsible comments about China’s legitimate maritime activities, and exaggerated the so-called China threat.’
Amid those tensions, Xigua broadcaster Six Army Strategies — a military observer group not affiliated with the de facto Chinese military leadership — posted a video online proposing a new nuclear strategy against Japan.
When China first developed nuclear weapons in 1964, it implemented a “no-first-use” policy — meaning that the weapons could only be used for self-defense after China was attacked by an enemy who also used nuclear weapons.
But the Six Army Strategies video suggested creating a “Japan exception” to that rule, meaning Japan can be bombed with nuclear weapons even if it doesn’t deploy atomic bombs first.
China has a ‘no first use’ policy, meaning it can only use nuclear weapons for self-defense, but the video says an exception should be made for Japan
“If we liberate Taiwan, if Japan dares to intervene by force, even if it sends just one soldier, one plane or one ship, we will not only fire back, but also start a full-scale war against Japan,” the commentary says.
‘We will use atomic bombs. We will continue to use atomic bombs until Japan offers its second unconditional surrender.”
Since Japan is the only country to have been bombed, such a deterrent would be “doubly effective,” the video suggests.
“This video is what many people in our country think,” wrote one of the most voted commentators before the video was taken down.
‘Good! I fully support this! The day of revenge is coming!’ said another,
A third added that China should instead fire conventional missiles at Japan’s nuclear reactors so that the resulting explosion can “make things right.”