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China sends nuke warning to U.S. over Taiwan [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2005-7-18 14:34:00 |Display all floors
BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- A senior Chinese general has warned that China was ready to use nuclear weapons against the United States if Washington attacked his country over Taiwan, the Financial Times newspaper reported on Friday.

Zhu Chenghu, a major general in the People's Liberation Army who said he was expressing his own views and did not anticipate a conflict with Washington, nevertheless said China would have no option but to go nuclear in the event of an attack.

"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," he told an official briefing for international journalists.

A spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry noted that the general had said in the article he was not speaking on behalf of the government. A spokesman later said the ministry was looking into the matter.

The Defense Ministry declined to comment, saying the Foreign Ministry had organized the event at which the general spoke.

Beijing considers Taiwan part of China, and has vowed to bring the self-governed democracy back into the fold. In March, China's parliament passed an anti-secession law authorizing the use of "non-peaceful means" to do so.

Zhu said the threat to escalate a conflict might be the only way to stop one because China did not have the capability to fight a conventional war with the United States.

"If the Americans are determined to interfere ... we will be determined to respond," he said.

"We Chinese will prepare ourselves for the destruction of all of the cities east of Xian. Of course the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds ... of cities will be destroyed by the Chinese," he added.

China first tested a nuclear bomb in 1964. It has declared a policy of not using such weapons unless it has already suffered nuclear attack.

The newspaper observed that it was unclear what prompted the remarks, but noted that they were the most specific by a senior Chinese official in nearly a decade.

During a visit to Beijing earlier this month U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said there should be no unilateral change in the status quo over the disputed island of Taiwan.

"That means that we don't support unilateral moves toward independence by Taiwan. It also means that we are concerned about the military balance, and we'll say to China that they should do nothing militarily to provoke Taiwan," she added.

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Post time 2005-7-18 23:23:02 |Display all floors

china has enough nukes to blow

george bush and his washington dc off the face of planet earth!

during the bush era, the US has consistently been making more and more enemies on this planet, but china has consistently been making more and more friends...

all the oil rich countries will shift their oil supply to China instead, leaving the US energy starved and weak without fuel to power their submarines and aircraft carriers !

doesn't matter if the chinese army is in a mess, nukes makes nations equal in power ! that's why lil' bushy always complain about a small nation like N. Korea !

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Post time 2005-7-19 17:40:50 |Display all floors

Reply: china has enough nukes to blow

Don't you know that Bush is a notorious war maker?

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Post time 2005-7-20 09:20:16 |Display all floors

how do you know china has enough nukes to blow?

i think thats top secret of china although u.s. may know it too

spies everywhere lol even in the fora

perhaps happybirthday is right.  the last time i checked, daydreamer girl offered to teach happybirthday some chinese.  so when will you 2 get together?

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Post time 2005-7-20 09:27:04 |Display all floors

'china has enough nukes to blow washington dc off the face of the planet'

pmsl

i thought china didn't attack other nations.

oh that's right, they only attack their own people.  the U.S. should be safe.

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Post time 2005-7-20 12:31:46 |Display all floors

attackers get attackers, base of fact, look at US and UK .:)

as china goes, sure, good people will always attack bad people. universal rule, only UK and US believe in gearing up with killers  showing "strength". as long as they are UK or US nationals...


its said selfish people work hard only for their own group but love to call themselves "internationals"....or "worldly"...

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Post time 2005-7-20 15:28:54 |Display all floors

打核武牌變戰略清晰

中國跳出超限戰格局 (19/07/2005)
李晶 撰文

中國解放軍國防大學防務學院院長朱成虎日前公開表示,“如果美國人使用他們的導彈和導航武器攻擊中國領土的目標地區,中國將使用核武還擊”。他的言論引起極大關注。但分析人士指出,值得留意的其實並非他談話的內容,而是他談話背後反映的問題:中國在對美操作上,明顯作出了調整;中方鷹派漸由“超限戰”的思維走出來,擁有足夠信心跟美方作“戰略清晰”的對等博弈。

軍階至少將的朱成虎7月14日在北京出席由香港明天更好基金會舉行的外國記者聯誼會時表示:“如果美國決心介入,我們也決心反擊”,“我們會有西安以東全部城市被毀滅的準備。”“當然,美國也要有所準備,將有數以百計城市也會被中國摧毀”。古城西安是陝西省會,西安以東的中國城巿,幾乎等於所有中國的主要大城巿,包括人口1400萬的北京和2200萬的上海﹔居住在西安以東地區的人口,至少佔全中國 13億人口的一半或以上。

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