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U.S. Rebukes Chinese General for His Threat of Nuclear Arms Use

A Chinese general who said his country would use nuclear weapons against the United States if the American military intervened in any conflict with Taiwan drew a sharp rebuke from the Bush administration on Friday. Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, called the remarks “highly irresponsible” – unusually strong language for Mr. McCormack, who was in Beijing with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice just four days ago. He added, “We hope that these are not the views of the Chinese government.” During an official briefing for a visiting delegation of Hong Kong-based reporters on Thursday, the officer, Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu, said China would “respond with nuclear weapons” if the United States attacked China because “we have no capability to fight a conventional war against the United States.”Full Story

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