In a video uploaded to the YouTube channel of the CCP-run Global Times outlet on July 20, 2022, former Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin spoke about Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s recent statement that the One-China principle is useless and that the U.S. should abandon its strategic ambiguity vis-à-vis the Taiwan Straits. Hu said that on the same day, the USS Benfold sailed through the Taiwan Straits, and he warned that the Chinese military can easily sink the ship and keep American forces far away from the Chinese coastline if war breaks out. In addition, Hu said that Esper only dares to talk about abandoning strategic ambiguity because he is no longer in office, and he said that the U.S. knows that participating in a war in the Taiwan Straits would mean suicide for American troops. The video also shows footage of Chinese naval and aerial forces participating in military exercises. For more about Hu Xijin, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 9651, 9457, No. 9397, No. 9254, No. 9247, No. 9226, No. 9223, No. 9148, No. 9142, No. 9058, No. 8546, No. 8522, No. 8510, and No. 8504.