In this undated file photo, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. China sent a record 28 fighter jets, 14 of them J-16s, toward Taiwan on June 15 in the largest such display of force since China started flying planes towards the island last year.
/ June 28, 2021
China threatened the U.S. and Japan after leaders at the G-7 summit, in a first, issued a communique which voiced support for Taiwan.
The United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan signed on to the communique, which also called on Beijing to respect the human rights of Uyghurs and other minorities in China and for China to cooperate with the World Health Organization’s investigation into the origin of the virus that causes Covid-19.
It marked the first time the Group of Seven has publicly voiced support for Taiwan, the island-state 100 miles off the southern Chinese coast which is regarded as a breakaway province by the communist government in Beijing.
Retired PLA Senior Col. Bao Ming, an unofficial military spokesman, said China should declare that it will attack the United States and Japan in any conflict over Taiwan.
“It is necessary that China make an explicit statement to the world of the consequences the U.S. and Japan will face in the event of their military intervention in a Taiwan Strait conflict,” Bao stated, according to a report by security correspondent Bill Gertz for the Washington Times.
Should Japan undertake a full intervention in a Taiwan Strait conflict, China “shall declare war on Japan,” Bao said, and the PLA would expand the cross-strait war to Japan’s four main islands “until the JSDF is totally wiped out.”
Bao said China should first target all U.S. military bases in the region, including in Japan and South Korea, with long-range weapons. Next, Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) bases used for logistics and supplies for the U.S. military would be declared formal targets “and destroyed instantly by the PLA,” he said.
Last, Japanese military forces that support U.S. military forces in the region would be attacked and “destroyed indiscriminately,” Col. Bao said.
“That is to say, all military units and strategic targets on Japan’s main islands will be strike targets of PLA missiles,” Col. Bao said. “China will even destroy Japan’s war potential at all costs. The Japanese should understand this.”
Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for China‘s Taiwan affairs office, blamed Taipei for heightened tension.
“We will never tolerate attempts to seek independence or wanton intervention in the Taiwan issue by foreign forces, so we need to make a strong response to these acts of collusion,” Ma said.
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