“China’s final warning” is a Russian proverb that originated during the Cold War. It means that whoever threatens is of no real consequence.
In Ukraine usually says:
Well, that’s the last Chinese warning! If it happens again next time, you will be in trouble for sure!
What is this “China’s final warning,” what is its meaning, and where did the expression come from?
The phrase comes from the Sino-American tensions of the 1950s and 1960s. And it means that whoever says it can do nothing realistically, except threaten with words.
The fact is that when the Communist Party came to power in China, the U.S. did not recognize it, and at the same time continued to support Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan as the legitimate ruler of all China.
U.S. ships and aircraft at the time frequently intruded into Chinese air and sea space and conducted reconnaissance, patrols, and even provocations.
Each time such actions by the U.S., the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a “Last Warning,” threatening serious consequences for violators. But nothing really happened. Each such “warning” was recorded and recorded by the Americans under their own number. It got to the point that in one year there were as many as 900 of them.
Since then, it has become common that if a “Chinese warning” is issued, then no action will actually follow. In the Russian language, “the last Chinese warning” has taken hold. A serial number is also used. For example – “567 Chinese warning,” emphasizing that how many times has been threatened and nothing has happened.
Such is the history of this phrase. Now you know that if “China’s final warning” nothing bad will happen, you can smile back at the speaker.