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Drog (Canada), Section International Posted on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 12:13:46 PM PST
By Wikinews

A General of the Chinese army and dean at China's National Defense University commented to visiting Hong Kong reporters on Friday that China might use nuclear weapons against the U.S., in a conflict over the Taiwan Strait. "If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition onto the target zone on China's territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons," Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu said to the reporters of the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. "We Chinese will prepare ourselves for the destruction of all of the cities east of Xian [in central China]. Of course the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds ... of cities will be destroyed by the Chinese."

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called the remarks "highly irresponsible" and "unfortunate", and expressed the hope that they did not reflect the views of the Chinese government.

Echoing the official Xinhua News Agency, China's Foreign Ministry officials said that Zhu was expressing personal views, and had warned the reporters accordingly, but stated that China would never tolerate "Taiwan independence". Reportedly, Maj. Gen. Zhu is not directly involved in the formulation of Chinese military strategy.

Sam puts it best when she says, "
This is no time for partisan bickering. If this is true, we need to have a serious discussion." Couldn't say it better myself.

If Yall Would Like to read more, visit these articles,
Bill Gertz
"Chinese general shakes nukes at US". The Washington Times, July 16, 2005
Shih Hsiu-chuan
"Fury over PLA official's nuclear threat". Taipei Times, July 16, 2005
"China plays down nuclear 'threat'". BBC News, July 16, 2005
"Beijing downplays general's nuke comment". USA Today, July 16, 2005

Again Big Hat Tip to Sam


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