The Global Times, one of the propaganda arms of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), issued a threat to the U.S., warning that if they attempt to defend Taiwan, their troops will receive a nuclear strike.
According to Taiwan News, Global Time, the propaganda arm of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), published the threats in an editorial on Thursday, Oct. 14.
Last Tuesday, John F. Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said during a press conference that China’s incessant military activities through military aircraft invasions of Taiwan’s air defense zone (ADIZ) are to “intimidate and pressure Taiwan” and that such behavior is “destabilizing” and increases the chances of a “miscalculation.”
He further emphasized that the U.S. continues to support Taiwan against military threats from China.
“Our commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the straight and within the region,” Kirby said.
Referring to these statements, the CCP’s propaganda outlet wrote in its editorial on Thursday that the term “rock-solid,” which is often used by the U.S. government, may serve to “deceive and appease radical forces in the island of Taiwan.” Still, it does not serve to deter mainland China.
“The island’s society must be warned that they better not believe the “rock-solid” promise of the U.S., because Washington will never fight to the death with the Chinese mainland,” and that it is only “playing geopolitical tricks.”
“Let’s put it frankly: The U.S. has lost its strength to make “rock-solid” commitments to Taiwan, the Global Times said.
And it warned that “The U.S. sending naval and air forces to defend Taiwan would be a death blow to U.S. soldiers,” citing that China has “nuclear power” with intercontinental-range ballistic missile strike capabilities.
The Chinese media further said that the “Chinese mainland is determined to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to realize national reunification.” Hence, they were willing to “fight to the death” against anyone who challenges and obstructs them.
They even compared what would happen once China decides to unify Taiwan by force to what he called “a modern version” of the fall of Nanjing during the Chinese Liberation War (1946-49).
“At that point, abandoning Taiwan will be the U.S.’ inevitable choice,” he warned.
Finally, he wrote that mainland China is determined to overthrow the Taiwan authorities and crush the so-called “rock-solid” U.S. commitment, warning that “those who split China will never find a peaceful path to their goal.”
The CCP claims sovereignty over the island of Taiwan, which during the 1949 civil war, the Kuomintang established as independent from mainland China and has remained so ever since.
Taiwan, unlike the communist dictatorship, maintains a democratic system but is recognized as an independent country by only 15 nations in the world due to political pressure from the Chinese regime.