An online video threatening that China should nuke Japan was reposted by the CCP Committee of Baoji city in Shaanxi Province on its Xigua social media channel.
“Our general guiding ideology is: when we liberate [occupy by force] Taiwan, if Japan dares intervene by force, even if it only sends one soldier, one plane, or one ship, we will start a full-scale war against Japan, rather than return an equal fire,” stated the video that was first published by the military commentary channel Liujun Taolue on July 11. “We will use nuclear bombs first, then will use nuclear bombs continually. We won’t stop until Japan announces unconditional surrender for the second time.”
Japan announced its first unconditional surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, during World War II.
The opinions in the video represent those of hawkish Chinese Communist Party (CCP) politicians, was likely supported by CCP officials, and delivered a message that the regime won’t honor its commitment to only use nuclear weapons in self-defense, China affairs commentators told The Epoch Times on July 20.
On July 14, The Epoch Times searched and found that the video has been removed from all of China’s websites.
“China has very strict censorship. This video was circulated for several days and viewed by millions of people before it was removed. Although these threats weren’t sent out by the CCP, they were at least approved of and permitted by the CCP,” Tang Hao, a U.S.-based China affairs commentator told The Epoch Times on Tuesday, July 20.
“[Based on videos that the channel has published], the Liujun Taolue represents the opinions of the CCP’s most aggressive politicians. The video should be their test to see what society’s reactions are to a nuclear war,” Tang Hao added.
Tang Jingyuan, another China affairs commentator based in the United States (not related to Tang Hao), told The Epoch Times on Tuesday, “I really think that the world should pay attention to one point that the video delivered, which is the CCP regime might tear up all types of commitments and agreements that it has made with different countries in history.”
“It [the CCP regime] has destroyed Hong Kong’s democracy despite its promise to the British government that it would maintain rights for 50 years. Now, the video claims that the CCP regime will break its nuclear commitment and nuke Japan, a country that doesn’t have nuclear weapons,” Tang Jingyuan said. “I don’t think the CCP regime will nuke Japan in the near future. It might want to threaten the world that it won’t follow the international rules and laws, nor fulfill its promises. It will do whatever it wants.”
The five-minute video clip that Liujun Taolue published, called for the Beijing regime to launch nuclear strikes on Japan if Tokyo intervenes in a Chinese invasion of democratic Taiwan.
“Our Chinese people will avenge the old and new suffering that the Japanese made for us,” the video claimed. “As the only country in the world who was hit by nuclear bombs, the Japanese government and people should have a deep memory of the nuke … A nuke in Japan can double the effect with half the effort.”
The video announced that China would drop bombs on Japan one after another, “we won’t accept any peace negotiation,” and “we will seize the [Japan-controlled] Senkaku and Ryukyu islands in the process.”
The video said that a survey showed 80 percent of Japanese people had a bad impression of the Chinese regime, “Japan has the civil support to launch a war against China.”
Also, nuclear strikes are more of a threat than actually launching a war. “We want to hit on Japan’s capacity to endure war. As soon as Japan recognizes that it cannot afford to pay the price of war, it will not dare send troops to the Taiwan Strait.”
The Chinese regime promised the world that it would not use atomic bombs against non-nuclear countries, and was not subject to the first use of atomic bombs.
The video proposed a “Japan Exception Theory” because “the world is facing big changes not seen in a century.”
How Serious is the Threat?
Both commentators don’t think that China will launch a nuclear strike on Japan in the near future, but there’s still a possibility that the Communist regime will behave crazily if the international community doesn’t give it a clear stop signal.
“In April 2013, the Chinese regime removed the ‘no first use’ (NFU) nuclear policy in its National Defense White Paper. It’s possible that the Beijing authorities want to use nuclear weapons to reach its targets,” Tang Jingyuan commented.
“If Beijing nukes Japan, the U.S. will defend Tokyo by firing nuclear bombs on Beijing. The U.S. has more atomic bombs than China. I don’t think Beijing dares to launch a nuclear war,” Tang Hao said.
“I believe the Chinese regime wants to threaten not only Japan, but also other western countries [to stop them] from supporting Taiwan by posting this video. At the same time, the regime wants to motivate Chinese people to hate Japan and stop buying Japanese products. By reaching this goal, the pro-Beijing Japanese politicians and Japanese businessmen who have business in China will take actions that favor Beijing,” Tang Hao added.
A commentator of the Liujun Taojue channel claimed in the video that China threatened Japan because Japanese leaders supported Taiwan in their recent speeches.
On July 5, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said at a fundraising party hosted by a fellow Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker: “We must defend Taiwan, under our alliance with the US.”
Taro then explained that Japan and Taiwan have “a survival-threatening situation,” indicating that an armed attack on Taiwan poses a clear risk to Japans’ survival.
On June 28, when Japanese Defence Minister Yasuhide Nakayama spoke to the U.S. think tank Hudson Institute, he said that the United States and Japan need to protect Taiwan “as a democratic country.”
Taiwan and Mainland China are separated by the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese regime claims the island as its own, despite the fact that Taiwan is a de facto independent country, with its own military, democratically-elected government, and constitution.