Though this was probably a psychological warfare operation, it underscore the escalating tensions across the Taiwan Strait and how this tension impacts our partners and our allies in the region, as well as the United States.
A “military commentary” channel in China recently released a video threatening that China would “use nuclear bombs continuously until Japan declares unconditional surrender” if Japan intervened in Taiwan. The threat could potentially be a psychological warfare operation – but we shouldn’t take it lightly.
Gen. Sec. Xi Jinping has made it clear that he aims for the “complete reunification” of Taiwan. This is a key component in the Chinese Communist Party’s ultimate 2049 goal to become the world’s dominant superpower.
It’s important that we recognize the severe implications that this potential conflict could have within the region and how tensions are increasingly being raised in the region as well.
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Recently a Japanese government official said that Japan would come to the aid of Taiwan in the event of a Chinese military invasion. A Chinese military outlet responded with a video that said that China would respond with nuclear attacks against Japan in the event of a Japanese intervention. Some of the quotes in this video were pretty alarming. For example, the narrator said, “we will use nuclear bombs continuously until Japan declares unconditional surrender for the second time.” This video was posted to a Chinese Communist Party website, and it was shared more than 2 million times before it was taken down.
Though this was probably a psychological warfare operation, it underscore the escalating tensions across the Taiwanese Strait and how this tension impacts our partners and our allies in the region, as well as the United States. General Secretary Xi Jinping has made it very clear that he aims for the quote complete reunification of Taiwan. This is a key component in the Chinese communist party’s ultimate 2049 goal to become the world’s dominant superpower. Admiral Phil Davidson testified to the us Congress that we could potentially expect to see an, a military invasion of Taiwan from the Chinese within the next six to 10 years. China has not ruled out the use of military force against Taiwan.
It’s important that we recognize the severe implications that this conflict could have within the region and how tensions are increasingly being raised in the region as well. For example, last month we saw 28 Chinese military planes fly into Taiwanese airspace, which was a record. Then when you also take into consideration the Chinese militarization of artificial islands in the south China sea, the expanding fishing fleets, China’s investment in its Navy, as well as it’s building up of ports, which have the potential to have a dual military civil usage throughout the world.
I just started reading this book called 2034. It’s a book by Admiral James Stavridis. And it’s a fictional book that looks out to 2034 and imagines a potential conflict that is ignited in the South China Sea. Like I said, it’s completely fictional, however, it gets readers thinking about the different possibilities, the different capabilities that we would need in order to address a conflict. If it did happen to erupt in the South China Sea, I encourage you to read it. I just started at myself. But it’s proven to be very fascinating so far, and I hope you enjoy it as well.