The chief editor of China’s state-run Global Times, Hu Xijin, said that China needs to prepare for nuclear war with the United States after the U.S. ordered a 90-day investigation into whether COVID-19 was released by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Given the intensifying U.S. 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,” Hu Xijin wrote in a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo and translated by human rights activist Jennifer Zeng. “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,” Hu continued. “Our nuclear missiles must be so numerous that the U.S. elite will tremble at the thought of military confrontation with China at that time.”
“On such a basis, we can calmly and actively manage our differences with the U.S. and avoid all kinds of gunfire,” Hu added. “As U.S. hostility toward China continues to burn, we need to use our strength and the unbearable risks they would face if they took the risk to force them to remain calm.”
Last month, China reportedly refused to engage in negotiations with the United States to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Reuters reported, “China is resisting bilateral talks with the United States on nuclear weapons, the U.S. disarmament ambassador told a U.N. conference on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to advance efforts to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles.”
“Despite the [People Republic of China]’s dramatic build-up of its nuclear arsenal, unfortunately it continues to resist discussing nuclear risk reduction bilaterally with the United States,” U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said. “To date Beijing has not been willing to engage meaningfully or establish expert discussions similar to those we have with Russia. We sincerely hope that will change.”