By Beth Main
People’s Liberation Army colonel (and potential super villain) Liu Mingfu has issued a not-so-subtle warning to Australia to stay on China’s good side and avoid fraternising with Japan or America, even raising a hypothetical nuclear bomb as leverage. In a stunningly Bond-villain-like use of metaphors he stated that:
“America is the global tiger and Japan is Asia’s wolf and both are now madly biting China. [Australia is the] kind-hearted lamb. Australia should never play the jackal for the tiger or dance with the wolf.”
He asked that his remarks be passed on directly to Australian prime minister Julia Gillard aka the kind hearted lamb (Liu has clearly never seen Gillard’s devastating takedown of opposition leader Tony Abbott).
Liu’s remarks come in a month which has seen increased tension over Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea, which both China and Japan (and Taiwan) claim are theirs. Colonel Liu blames rising tensions in the area on America’s “orchestration” and Japan’s “militarism”.
Colonel Liu Mingfu, a Chinese military officer with the National Defence University, is one of several PLA officers who, although they do not formally speak for the CPP leadership, often make statements to test international responses, give unofficial warnings, and rally nationalistic support.
He went on to say that “Of all the animals, Chinese people hate the wolf the most” and that if hypothetically speaking Japan were to piss some people off, they might get another nuclear bomb dropped on them, and that “The world would hail if Japan receives such a blow.” Which is tantamount to declaring a hypothetical World War III.
Australia’s geographical position, and the presence of US military troops on its territories, has brought it into disagreement with China before. Observers believe that China is overestimating its military strength and that ultimately its bark is worse than its bite.
Like a true villain, always seeking the last word, Liu added ominously that “American hegemony is not at its dawn and not at its zenith. It is at it’s sunset and night is coming.”