The Chinese Communist Party released a video warning Japan of a nuclear response and “full-scale war” if the island nation interferes with China’s management of Taiwan.
The video, which appeared on a CCP-approved channel, points to Japan as the only exception to China’s policy of not using nuclear weapons against non-nuclear powers.
“We will use nuclear bombs first,” the video reads. “We will use nuclear bombs continuously. We will do this until Japan declares its unconditional surrender for the second time. ”
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The CCP claims that it will “liberate Taiwan”, and it warns against the deployment by Japan “of a soldier, a plane or a ship.”
The video was removed from the Chinese platform Xigua after gaining 2 million views, but copies were uploaded to YouTube and Twitter, Taiwan News reported.
The threats follow comments made two weeks ago by Japanese officials about Taiwan’s sovereignty, with Vice Premier Taro Aso saying that Japan must “defend Taiwan,” the Japan Times reported.
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“If a major incident were to occur (over Taiwan) it is safe to say that it would be related to a situation threatening the survival (of Japan). If so, Japan and the United States must defend Taiwan together, ”Aso said.
However, Aso insists that Japan will resolve any issues through dialogue. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said a contingency in Taiwan is a “hypothetical situation.”
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged Japan to adjust its “mentality” on the issue, Sky News Australia reported.
“We once again urge Japan to approach the relevant issues with the right mindset and to show respect for China’s sovereignty and sincerity in maintaining regional peace and stability,” Lijian said.
“I must stress that Taiwan is part of China and the Taiwan issue is purely China’s internal affair,” Lijian added. “China never allows interference in the Taiwan issue in any form by any country. “
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Lijian pointed out that Taiwan is part of China’s reunification plans.