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China’s Xi Jinping threatens war with Mao quote: ‘Chinese people aren’t to be trifled with’

Xi Jinping speaks to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 28, 2017. (Ma Zhancheng/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)
October 30, 2020

In a speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean War, despot Xi Jinping quoted Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, threatening war against anyone who challenges the communist regime.

China’s state-run Global Times reported that Xi quoted Mao, who in 1953 declared that the so-called “War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea,” otherwise known as the Korean War, demonstrated that “the Chinese people are now organized and aren’t to be trifled with.”

“Once provoked, things will get ugly,” Xi said, which was met with deafening applause.

Between 1958 and 1962, Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, who the Washington Post called “the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world,” implemented the Great Leap Forward policy that lead to the deaths of almost 45 million people.

Following the dictator’s address, China’s Global Times reported that Xi’s message was one of peaceful self-defense and globalism, despite the nod to Mao.

“Xi said the great War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea defied the invasion and expansion motives of imperialism and safeguarded the security of New China,” The Global Times reported. “The war also safeguarded the peaceful life of the Chinese people, stabilized the situation on the Korean Peninsula and upheld peace in Asia and the world, Xi said.”

The Global Times went on to state that Xi’s intention was to deliver a clear message that “the attempt by the US and any other forces to contain China will never succeed.”

In another recent article, the Global Times stated that Xi and his legislature are considering modifying China’s “Law on National Defense” to include “threats to its development interests” as reason to mobilize the People’s Liberation Army.

“The draft amendment states that when China’s sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity, security and development interests are under threats, the country can conduct nationwide or local defense mobilization. The “development interests” part is a new addition to the current law,” Global Times reported.

The article also noted that an amendment to allow armed forces to protect overseas Chinese citizens, organizations, units and facilities is also being considered in an effort to safeguard overseas interests.

In an editorial titled “China loves peace, but don’t provoke it,” the Global Times once again praised Xi.

“That China loves peace is not an empty slogan. It will never take the initiative to make provocations deep into the Pacific or the Indian Ocean,” the editorial stated. “The possible risk of a military clash lies around China’s neighboring areas. Making provocations there touches upon China’s core interests, which most likely riles up China.”

The Global Times also alleged that the real threat to stability in the region was Taiwan, even going to far as to say they could become the target of being overthrown if they do not settle down.

According to the Global Times, Xi’s comments echoing Mao demonstrated that “the current tension between the two countries is also approaching the brink of conflict,” adding that the US would bear “full responsibility” if war erupts “just like the war 70 years ago.”