In a Weibo livestream that was posted on YouTube on December 2, 2021 by Zhanhuju Shangshu, senior CCP-favored scholars and media personalities Jin Canrong, Shen Yi, and Hu Xijin spoke about Taiwan and reunification with mainland China. Hu Xijin, who was at the time of the livestream the editor-in-chief of the CCP-run newspaper The Global Times, said that the reunification process has already begun and warned Japan that it will be “finished” if it joins the conflict over Taiwan. Jin Canrong, a well-known professor and pundit, discussed in detail how to punish Western lawmakers who have supported Taiwanese independence by singling out their constituencies for targeted economic sanctions. Canrong even suggested using military jets to intimidate those lawmakers when they visit Taiwan.
Shen Yi, a professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, questioned America’s commitment to defending Taiwan with its own troops, and he said that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is a “gold-devouring political beast” for offering to sell American weapons to Taiwan. Yi also said that as long as China is able to quickly overcome Taiwan’s defenses, America would not have time to intervene if an armed conflict breaks out. For more about Jin Canrong, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9240, 9608, 9564, 9090, and 9250. For more about Hu Xijin, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9247, 9226, 9223, 9148, 9142, 8504, 8510, 8522, 8546, and 9058. For more about Shen Yi, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 9284.