China has threatened to nuke Japan if it interferes with its invasion of Taiwan, reports say.
Beijing said it would fire nuclear bombs until "until Japan declares unconditional surrender for the second time", the Sun reported.
It comes after the communist party stoked World War Three fears as it revealed plans to take control of Taiwan.
President Xi Jinping pledged a "complete reunification" with the breakaway island as he delivered a speech to mark 100 years of the Chinese Communist party.
Any invasion could drag in the US through its pact to defend Taiwan, along with its regional allies South Korea, Japan and Australia as well as Nato forces such as the UK.
It has now threatened Japan in a video released on a channel allegedly approved by the Chinese Communist Party with close ties to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Sun reports.
In the new video now deleted, a narrator said: “We will use nuclear bombs first. We will use nuclear bombs continuously.
"We will do this until Japan declares unconditional surrender for the second time.
“When we liberate Taiwan, if Japan dares to intervene by force – even if it only deploys one soldier, one plane or one ship – we will not only return fire but also wage full-scale war against Japan itself.”
At the weekend, it called on Beijing to abandon its “no first-use” nuclear weapons policy.
“In 1964, when our first atomic bomb was successfully detonated, we promised the world that we would not use atomic weapons against non-nuclear countries, and we would not be the first to use them,” the narrator recited.
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“Nearly 60 years have passed. Now the international situation has changed dramatically.
"Our country is in the midst of a major change. And all political policies, tactics and strategies must be adjusted to protect the peaceful rise of our country.
“It is necessary to make limited adjustments to our nuclear policy.”
The first five-minute clip was reportedly published on Sunday and a second, longer version went online a day later.
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Both were deleted on Wednesday after being reposted by Communist Party officials after attracting millions of views, tens of thousands of patriotic comments as well as international attention.
Chinese-born human rights activist Jennifer Zeng reposted it on Twitter, with some users questioning its authenticity.
She said the publishing channel Wisdom & Strategies for 6 Armies “either belongs (to the) PLA or has strong connections”, citing business news reports of its ownership and financial links.
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