Kyodo News is reporting that China has changed its nuclear stance. This is going to leave Japan no choice but to produce weapons as well. The new rules allow China to attack another country using nuclear weapons, even if the opponent has not used them. This is a new form of “we will nuke you if you beat us up”.
There are only two nations that could realistically try to destroy the Chinese military in place, using only conventional weapons, the United States and Japan. One of them is very far away and has its own nuclear response.
The other is geographically closer and does not have any official weapons. You can expect to see the Japanese government ramp up a domestic stimulus program with serious military upgrades built into it.
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, internal documents showed Wednesday.
The newly revealed policy, called ”Lowering the Threshold of Nuclear Threats,” may contradict China’s strategy of no first use of nuclear weapons under any circumstance, and is likely to fan concern in the United States, Japan and other regional powers about Beijing’s nuclear capability.
The People’s Liberation Army’s strategic missile forces, the Second Artillery Corps, ”will adjust the nuclear threat policy if a nuclear missile-possessing country carries out a series of air strikes against key strategic targets in our country with absolutely superior conventional weapons,” according to the documents, copies of which were obtained by Kyodo News.