Global Times Editor Hu Xijin Writes U.S.-Taiwan Collusion May Provoke ‘Ultimate Showdown’
Sept. 20, 2020 (EIRNS)—Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times wrote a lead article on Sept. 19. His article, “Beijing Is Ready to Tackle All Scenarios,” explains the meaning of the People’s Liberation Army flying 19 fighter jets and bombers across the line in the Taiwan Straits running midway between mainland China and Taiwan. In perhaps the harshest language to date, he makes clear that what Taiwan and the United States are doing will lead to war.
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Referring to the Sept. 18-19 deployment of China’s air fleet, Hu wrote,
“I believe it is the PLA’s practical rehearsal for an island takeover. It clearly declared that the Chinese mainland no longer tolerates the underhanded collusion between the U.S. government and the island’s secessionist forces. Such collusion has become the mainland’s prior and principal target to strike. It must be stopped otherwise the PLA will continue to upgrade its military operations, until an ultimate showdown.”
He further states that the air fleet shows,
“The PLA’s jets have been just ‘an inch’ away from the island of Taiwan. If the U.S. and the island continue their collusion to secede the island from China, we believe that the PLA is resolute enough to launch cruise missiles over through the island, send fighter jets above the island to declare sovereignty, and carry out military drills there. As a result, a new military construct will be formed in the Taiwan Straits.”
Observing that people in China are losing patience, Hu declares,
“People on the mainland universally believe the island’s authorities need to learn an essential lesson. If the island’s military dare fire the first shot against the PLA’s jets, then the PLA will launch destructive strikes against the island’s military forces, pushing the Taiwan question into a completely new stage.”
He summarizes, “either stop playing with fire before it is too late, or prepare for dire consequences.”
The day before, on Sept. 18, Global Times ran an editorial headlined: “PLA Friday Drills not Warning, but Rehearsal for Taiwan Takeover: Global Times Editorial.”