Despite conventional wisdom of a benign China, the recent landing of a J-15 fighter jet on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning CV-16, plus the recent ascension of Xi Jinping as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, demonstrate the continuation of the Cold War by the People's Republic of China.
On November 25, 2012, China’s Xinhua state news agency reported that China successfully landed a J-15 fighter jet on its only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning CV-16. Earlier this year, while addressing the National People’s Congress, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao stressed the importance of enhancing its military in order to win “local wars.”
The news of China’s first successful carrier landing is alarming considering the communist country's aggressive tone in recent years and its ongoing territorial disputes with Japan, the Philippines, and Taiwan.
Communist Chinese Aggression
On July 14, 2005, Chinese Major General Zhu Chenghu warned that in a war between the United States and China over Taiwan that China would retaliate with a nuclear assault on American cities. “If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on to the target zone on China's territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons,” Maj. Zhu said. He continued, “We are ready to sacrifice all cities east of Xi'an, of course[;] the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds of their cities will be destroyed by the Chinese.”
Despite calls from the U.S. House of Representatives that he be dismissed from his post, Zhu remains a Major General in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the dean of the Defense Affairs Institute for China's National Defense University. Neither has China backed down from its discussion of nuclear war.
On January 5, 2011, Japan’s Kyodo News reported that the PLA “military eyes preemptive nuclear attack in event of crisis.” Furthermore, “The Chinese military will consider launching a preemptive nuclear strike if the country finds itself faced with a critical situation in a war with another nuclear state,” such as the United States.
In May 2012, China again sounded its war drums, this time aimed at the Philippines, over the disputed Scarborough Reef (or Huangyan Island). An editorial that appeared in the Chinese daily Global Times, a subsidiary of the Communist Party-run People’s Daily, stated:
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Photo of Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning: AP Images