“I must go to the [China-Taiwan] battlefield. As a veteran, I will rejoin the army when required,” Hu Xijin, chief editor of the tabloid answered a netizen on Chinese social media Weibo.
“I will catch you [the young male netizen] and send you to bomb the bunkers on the island as a member of the commando. If you dare to run away, I will shoot you from behind,” Hu added.
Taiwan faces Mainland China across the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese regime claims the island as its own, despite the fact that Taiwan is a de facto independent country, with its own military, democratically-elected government, and constitution.
For decades Beijing authorities have tried to unify Taiwan in a peaceful way. They called the move “one country, two systems” and it was also used in ruling Hong Kong and Macao. In the past months, the Chinese regime maintained the threat that it would unify the island nation by force.
As chief editor of a state-run media, Hu talks more aggressively on Taiwan topics recently.
“Don’t believe there’s a strait [that can protect you from China’s attack]. You have a military [to defend yourself], and the United States backs you under the ‘Taiwan Relations Act,’” posted on Chinese social media Weibo on Tuesday. “The [Taiwanese] Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities should be clear-headed.”
Hu threatened Taiwan by declaring that the Chinese regime might use the way that it treated Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to treat Taiwanese if Taiwan takes further action.
On March 30, the Chinese regime finalized a sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system, drastically curbing democratic representation in the city as authorities seek to ensure people loyal to the CCP rule the global financial hub.
On June 30, 2020, the regime passed the national security law, which gave Beijing sweeping power to target individuals for any acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces. Under the law, Hong Kong pro-democracy activists could be imprisoned for life if convicted.
Hu has supported increased hostility with Taiwan and the United States. He has consistently focused on Taiwan-U.S. relations when he spoke about Taiwan topics. The United States’ support for Taiwan is one of the biggest impediments that has angered the Chinese regime.
On Dec. 6, 2020, Hu published an editorial on Global Times in which he encouraged a war in the Taiwan Strait if then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would visit Taiwan.
“No matter what strong reaction Mainland China takes [to respond to the United States], people in the world can understand,” Hu wrote. “We should send our warplanes over Taiwan. … Once the Taiwan military fires [at Chinese warplanes], it means war, and our army can immediately carry out a devastating attack on the important Taiwanese military facilities, such as airports.”