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*Posted: Submitted by wtanaka (648) on Fri, 2005-07-15 04:28. | Subject: Loose Talk

LONDON (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 on to the target zone on China's territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons," he told an official briefing for foreign journalists.

Zhu said the reason was the inability of China to wage a conventional war against Washington.

"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.

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 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.

http://www.rednova.com/news/display/?id=175026&source=r_general

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*Posted: Fri, 2005-07-15 05:41 | Subject: Re:Loose Talk

Sounds like Chinese rhetoric to me Shocked

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*Posted: Fri, 2005-07-15 06:40 | Subject: Re:Loose Talk

It's pretty specific rhetoric. I wonder if it's in preparation for some announcement or something.

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*Posted: Fri, 2005-07-15 10:18 | Subject: Re:Loose Talk

Chinese President Hu Jintao is the leader of the army. Earlier this year, he stated that China will take ANY steps to protect the sovereignty of the motherland. This includes military action if any part of China is invaded.

Numerous nations around the world want free trade agreements with China. They firstly agree with the One-China Policy (including the USA) before they sign.
Shocked
The above comments by the Chinese general are nothing to be alarmed about. In fact, they are a bit out-dated anyway.

A couple of months ago, I watched an interview with an American professor on "Dialogue" CCTV9. He stated that there is a misconception that America wants to use Taiwan as a military base to launch an attack against the mainland. He hypothesised that it would be better for the US to use naval ships as missile carriers rather than an island, because if the ships were threatened they could be moved out of harm's way.

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*Posted: Fri, 2005-07-15 11:11 | Subject: Re:Loose Talk

I can't see any possible way that the U.S. would benefit from attacking China unprovoked, or from China attacking Taiwan, unprovoked. But I hear (and have experienced) that the attitude in Taiwan is such that the Taiwanese president Chen might benefit politically from provoking China. The only remotely possible scenario that I can picture is:

Chen in Taiwan, in what would amount to a pretty insane act, unilaterally and very clearly declares independence. (pretty unlikely)
China then invades or otherwise attacks Taiwan. (almost certain)
U.S. comes to Taiwan's aid based on the treaty they have to do so (who knows)
China tries to nuke the U.S., like this general is saying, since the U.S. is invading China (the "province of Taiwan" as it's known here on the mainland)

I can't picture the U.S. actually invading the Chinese mainland (the whole "losing all cities east of Xi'an" thing). It seems like too big of a nightmare trying to justify it to the world and in terms of fighting the largest standing army in the world on their own turf. But I don't know much about strategy.

It's a losing situation for everybody if any of this happens, which all of the involved parties are very aware of. So everybody very diplomatically says that "we should maintain the status quo".

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*Posted: Sat, 2005-07-16 12:22 | Subject: AP U.S. Rejects China General's Nuke Remarks

Stating the obvious:

WASHINGTON - The State Department on Friday rejected as "highly irresponsible" a Chinese general's warning that China might use nuclear weapons against the United States in the event of a U.S. attack on China over Taiwan.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050715/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_china_1

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*Posted: Sun, 2005-07-17 12:35 | Subject: Re:Loose Talk

Definitely sounds like Chinese rhetoric & chest-beating to me. I'm sure that if China was going to announce anything drastic, the president himself would make the announcement
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*Posted: Fri, 2005-12-23 19:11 | Subject: He's been punished by the

He's been punished by the government.  That took a while.

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*Posted: Tue, 2005-12-27 17:18 | Subject: Administrative Demerit

An administrative demerit is the second lightest punishment on a scale of one to five, but still potentially damaging to an officer's career ...

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