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Chinese officials have reposted a video calling on Japan to be relentlessly nuclear if it intervenes militarily in Taiwan.
The images – originally created by a military commentary channel on Xigua, the Chinese equivalent of YouTube – call on Japan to be bombarded if it sends “even a single troop” to Taiwan.
It was first uploaded two weeks ago where it garnered millions of views before being taken down, but was later reposted by the official CCP account in Baoji, a large city in South Korea Province. Shaanxi, in northern China.
It was also removed from this channel, but had been restored for several days, garnering hundreds of thousands of views and mostly favorable comments.
Chinese officials in Baoji city repost a video created by military observers suggesting that Japan should be subdued if it militarily interferes with Taiwan
It comes amid latent tensions between China and Japan over Taiwan, an autonomous island off the coast of China that has never been ruled by the Communist Party.
The heat around Taiwan escalated after Beijing passed a draconian security law allowing it to quell dissent in Hong Kong, which also enjoyed some autonomy, in June of last year.
In response, an annual military white paper released by Japan last week said possible attempts by China to “reunify” Taiwan would pose a major security threat to the country and could force Tokyo to act.
If Beijing seeks to assert more control over the island state, then it will display an “existential threat,” the newspaper said – a cautious choice of words because Japan’s pacifist constitution does not allow rulers to engage in peace. war only to defend oneself.
In the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, Japanese forces may have to join US troops to mount a common defense, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso added.
The newspaper’s wording and Mr Aso’s comments drew a furious reaction from Beijing, with Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin – a state spokesperson – saying the Japanese military would be “destroyed” if she intervened.
It comes after Japan last week identified Chinese attempts to assert control over autonomous Taiwan as a major threat to the country, which could prompt a military response.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who has become known for his brash and outspoken ways, added, “Japan has for a while… and exaggerated the so-called Chinese threat.
Amid these tensions, Xigua Six Army Strategies – a group of military observers not affiliated with the current Chinese military leadership – posted a video online proposing a new nuclear strategy toward Japan.
When China first developed nuclear weapons in 1964, it adopted a “no use first” policy – meaning that the weapons could only be used in self-defense after China. was attacked by an enemy also using nuclear weapons.
But the Six Army Strategies video proposed to create a “Japan exemption” from the rule, meaning that Japan could be nuclear even if it doesn’t deploy atomic bombs first.
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China has a ‘no-use first’ policy, which means it can only use nuclear weapons in self-defense, but video argues that an exception should be made for Japan