After President Joe Biden instructed the US Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts in probing the sources of the coronavirus outbreak, the editor of China’s state-run Global Times reportedly warned that communist China must prepare for nuclear war with the US.
Propagandist Hu Xijin made the statement on Chinese social media “soon after” Biden delivered the order to the US Intelligence Community to probe the pandemic’s origins, according to Australian journalist James Morrow. Several times throughout the order, China was expressly mentioned.
“Given the intensifying US strategic containment of China, I would like to remind once again that we have many urgent tasks, but one of the most important is to keep rapidly increasing the number of nuclear warheads and strategic missiles like the Dongfeng 41 with extremely long-range and high survival capabilities,” Hu said in a blog post that was translated by Jennifer Zeng, a Chinese human rights campaigner. “This is the cornerstone of China’s strategic resilience against the United States.”
“We must be prepared for a high-intensity showdown between the US and China, at which point a large number of DF-41 and JL-2 and JL-3 will be the backbone of our strategic will. Our nuclear missiles must be so numerous that the US elite will tremble at the thought of military confrontation with China at that time,” Hu continued. “On such a basis, we can calmly and actively manage our differences with the US and avoid all kinds of gunfire. As US hostility toward China continues to burn, we need to use our strength and the unbearable risks they would face if they took the risk to force them to remain calm.”
Hu Xijin, editor of China’s Global Times – the same guy who called Australia “gum on China’s shoe” – now says China must be ready for nuclear war with the US after Covid investigation call. https://t.co/LE5lEqSDX3
— James Morrow (@pwafork) June 1, 2021
The Global Times is recognized for being a jingoistic journal that frequently expresses views that are more radical than those of the Chinese Communist Party. According to Quartz,
That’s not exactly a mistake, the paper’s longtime editor says. The Global Times often reflects what party officials are actually thinking, but can’t come out and say, editor-in-chief Hu Xijin explained during a long interview with Quartz in his drabBeijing office in the People’s Daily compound. As a former army officer and current party member, Hu said, he often hangs out with officials from the foreign ministry and the security department, and they share the same sentiments and values that his paper publishes. “They can’t speak willfully, but I can,” he said.
In February, STRATCOM Commander Adm. Charles Richard cautioned that the US military needs to adjust its approach to nuclear weapons or risk “preparing for the combat we choose, rather than the one we are likely to face.”
“There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could escalate quickly to a conflict involving nuclear weapons if they perceived a conventional loss would threaten the regime or state,” Richard wrote. “Consequently, the U.S. military must shift its principal assumption from ‘nuclear employment is not possible to ‘nuclear employment is a very real possibility,’ and act to meet and deter that reality. We cannot approach nuclear deterrence the same way. It must be tailored and evolved for the dynamic environment we face.”