Hu Xijin, who is the editor of the Global Times – a state-owned tabloid in China who has support from the Communist Party’s Official newspaper, the People’s Daily – has suggested that chin should be preparing for a nuclear confrontation after President Biden has confirmed the investigation into the origin of COVID-19 is ongoing.
According to Australia’s Daily Telegraph, Hu’s message was published to Sena Wiebo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform. The message, translated by Chinese human rights activist Jennifer Zeng, read, in part:
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. 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.
These are not the comments of a random journalist either. Hu Xijin has claimed in recent years to speak for party officials who cannot speak publicly.
In fact, Hu explained in 2016 that he pals around with Chinese government officials and admitted, “They can’t speak willfully, but I can,” a suggestion that he broadcasts the sentiments of communist officials.
Hu similarly told CNN in 2019 that his newspaper and opinions reflect the views of the Chinese people. “We say things out loud,” Hu said. “You could call us radical or nationalistic, but we reflect true sentiments of Chinese society. You could learn the truth better through us.”
According to The Daily Wire, STRATCOM Commander Admiral Charles Richard warned earlier this year that the US “needed to change its approach when it comes to using nuclear weapons” or that we risked preparing ‘for the conflict we prefer, instead of 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.”
Readers should keep an eye on the rhetoric that is coming from Chinese Communist Party mouthpieces since we know that they don’t print anything the party does not want them to.