As I read this article questioning whether the People’s Liberation Army is still under control of the Chinese Communist Party, noting the tension between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, I began to wonder. What would happen in a military confrontation between China and Japan? I don’t think the outcome is a foregone conclusion by any means. Unless, that is, you believe the Chinese will use nuclear weapons.
It seems to me that Chinese use of nuclear weapons against Japan would be very, very dangerous. They’d be incentivizing a very harsh response from Russia, the United States, or both.