Reports from last week suggested that China may be planning an invasion of Taiwan, as Beijing ordered officials to find ways to protect the country from western sanctions like those used against Russia.
In late April, China held an emergency meeting with officials from China’s central bank, the finance ministry, domestic banks, and international lenders such as HSBC.
During the meeting about the harsh economic sanctions on Russia, the Ministry of Finance said that President Xi’s administration had been put on alert by the dollar freeze.
The western sanctions though ended up falling short, and actually boosted the Russian economy, causing the Russian rouble to soar.
China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, and the island nation functioning under a separate government since 1949.
Now, the Global Times, a Chinese state-affiliated media entity, has posted an ominous message on its Twitter page proclaiming “NATO still owes the Chinese people a debt of blood.”
These statements indicate that Chinese sentiment toward revenge remains after NATO bombed the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia, killing three Chinese journalists.
The Global Times posted the image under their visual News tab on their website with little accompanying text.
In the Wikipedia article covering the Bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, it says that “most Chinese believed it was deliberate and many continue to believe that it was deliberate.”
In an official statement on Chinese television, Chinese officials labeled the event as a “barbaric attack and a gross violation of Chinese sovereignty”.
China’s ambassador to the UN described what he called “NATO’s barbarian act” as “a gross violation of the United Nations Charter, international law and the norms governing international relations” and “a violation of the Geneva convention”.
On May 12, 1999, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the “Condemnation of NATO” motion by a rare bipartisan vote of 54-0