Chinese officials have re-posted an alleged video in which they threaten Japan with nukes if it intervenes militarily in Taiwan.
Last week, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials allegedly shared a viral video threatening Japan with a nuclear attack if the country interferes with Chinese attempts to seize control of Taiwan.
According to Newsweek and Taiwan News, the CCP’s Baoji Municipal Committee reposted a video to China’s YouTube-like platform Xigua in which a narrator says, “When we liberate Taiwan, if Japan dares intervene by force, even if it only sends one soldier, one plane or one ship, we will not only return fire, but also start a fullscale war against Japan. First, we will use nuclear bombs. We will continue to use nuclear bombs until Japan offers its second unconditional surrender.”
The Chinese language video was uploaded with English subtitles by Chinese-born human rights activist Jennifer Zeng, who tweeted, “#CCP Vows to Nuke #Japan if Japan defends #Taiwan. As Japan is the only country that has been nuked, so nuking Japan ‘will get twice the result with half the effort.’ The CCP’s military channel threatened to carry out continuous nuclear strikes on Japan until Japan’s second unconditional surrender.”
#CCP Vows to Nuke #Japan if Japan defends #Taiwan. As Japan is the only country that has been nuked, so nuking Japan "will get twice the result with half the effort."
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) July 13, 2021
“We want to strike Japan’s capacity to endure war,” the video’s narrator states. “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.”
According to Newsweek, the video was first shared by the verified military commentary channel “Liujun Taolue.” The original video received over 2 million views and, while it was later removed, it was first shared by Chinese officials, including an account run by the Baoji municipal government in northwestern China.
Despite the fact that Taiwan governs itself as an independent nation, China maintains a claim of sovereignty over the island and has recently discussed “reunification” with the island.
The Chinese video follows comments by Japanese officials, including Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who reportedly stated last week that Japan would have to defend Taiwan” if China invaded the island.
While China claims to have a “no first use” policy of not using nuclear weapons unless it is attacked by nuclear weapons, Japan does not have nuclear weapons, and launching a nuclear attack on it would require China to waive that policy.
“By singling out Japan as an ‘exception’ to our no first use commitment, we are warning Japan and the world that if Japan intervenes militarily in our domestic affairs, including in the unification of Taiwan, nuclear weapons will be used against Japan, and will be used continuously until its unconditional surrender,” the video states.
In June, Japanese State Defense Minister Yasuhide Nakayama raised concerns China and Russia could launch a Pearl Harbor-style attack in the Pacific and said a Chinese attack on Taiwan would affect “not just Japan, but also the U.S.-Japan alliance.”