In a lengthy message posted March 31, 2021 on his personal Chinese microblogging Sina Weibo account, Chinese journalist Hu Xijin, editor in chief of the Chinese state-run Global Times, wrote that he would go to the battlefield if hostilities broke out between China and Taiwan.
Stating that whoever "underestimates the strength and will of the Chinese government and people... will pay a heavy price," he added that Taiwan should keep "a clear head" and "never go to extremes like the anti-China and destabilizing forces in Hong Kong."
He concluded by stating; "One of the keys to a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan Strait issue still exists in the hands of the Taiwan authorities today, but not forever... One day, it will be taken away by history."
Below is Hu's post on his personal Sina Weibo account:
Hu Xijin (Source: People.cn)
'If You Dare To Run Away, I'll Shoot You From Behind'
@Weibo User "取名太麻烦52": "If Taiwan is to be liberated, will you and your family go to the battlefield?"
@Hu Xijin: "I will definitely go [to the battlefield]. As a veteran, if the army calls, I have to go back. In the meantime, I'm going to capture you as a strong man, put you in a commando unit, and blow up the bunker on the island. If you dare to run away, I'll shoot you from behind.
"It is an iron law that anyone who underestimates the strength and will of the Chinese government and people and runs amok will pay a heavy price. A few years ago, extremist forces were rampant in Xinjiang, violent and terrorist activities took place frequently, resulting in a chaotic situation. Those powers thought they were big, and the West was behind them. But what was the result? They were cleaned up like the autumn wind sweeping away the withered leaves.
"It was also a few years ago that the extremist forces in Hong Kong lost their heads and opposed everything. Elected members of the Legislative Council refused to even take the oath, or acted offensively while taking it. Their collusion with the United States and the United Kingdom was undisguised. They directly asked for sanctions against Hong Kong and even the whole of China. They all thought, 'What can you do with us if we rebel? With the support of the United States and the Great Britain, we'll be fine.' What was the result? The Central Government acted directly. Hong Kong's National Security Law was introduced, the electoral system was revised, and the extremist forces that embraced the United States and the Great Britain were eliminated. What could their American daddy do? What could their British daddy do? Didn't the situation in Hong Kong turn over when we wanted to?!"
'Don't Think You Can Do Anything Just Because You Are Across The Strait'
@Hu Xijin: "Then there is Taiwan. Don't think you can do anything just because you are across the strait, have a few troops, and have the backing of the U.S.'s Taiwan Relations Act. The Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] authorities should keep a clear head and never go to extremes like the anti-China and destabilizing forces in Hong Kong. In that case, they would be putting themselves on the chopping board of history.
"I, Lao Hu, would like to warn them: One need not look far for a lesson, please draw inferences from the Hong Kong example. Don't believe the clamor of a few U.S. congressmen; don't believe the vague promises of the U.S. government. The DPP authorities should know what to expect if they push the situation across the Taiwan Strait into a military showdown, just by looking at what Washington could do during the Hong Kong conflict.
"One of the keys to a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan Strait issue still exists in the hands of the Taiwan authorities today, but not forever. One day, it will be taken away by history."
 Weibo.com/1989660417/K8ElY0Vnu?from=page_1035051989660417_profile&wvr=6&mod=weibotime&type=comment#_loginLayer_1618303020529, March 31, 2021.