China has warned in contact group meetings with the Russians that it will attack Japan in case it goes nuclear, and this comes amidst deteriorating
China-Japan relations following Japanese attempts to gain permanent membership in the UN Security Council with veto powers.
Diplomatic sources said that the threat was conveyed two months ago, presumably based on Chinese intelligence that Japan was going nuclear, and since
last year, Japan has become ambivalent about possessing nuclear weapons, its politicians obfuscating on the issue, saying that there is only a
parliamentary resolution against weaponisation, while the Constitution does not specifically prohibit it.
Sources said that Russia asked China for the basis of making war-like threats against Japan, and insisted that it go public if it had firm evidence,
but the Chinese side did not elaborate on the nature of their nuclear intelligence on Japan.
Analysts say that Japan’s nuclearisation could succeed the rise of Gaullist nationalism in the country, of which there are no consistent signs,
although to visiting Chinese PLA delegations, an occasional Japanese politician has overplayed the militarism theme.
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Well, IMO China is overestimating its power. After threatening Australia, now it does it to Japan. China is not a super power but only a wannabe super
power and will be one only if everything goes as planned for the next 50 years.
But to threaten the likes of Japan in my view is nothing more than throwing its non-existant weight around. As of today IMO, Japan is a larger power
I have no doubt that Japan have the tech-level to make nukes and there is reason to do so as well considering the North Korea episode and evr
increasing Chinese hate for Japan.
Intresting..i wonder how things will shape out to be. Hopefully it will be sorted out peacefully.
[edit on 4-7-2005 by Stealth Spy]