China refuses to retract general’s nuke statement

Agence France Presse

Beijing, July 16:

China refused today to retract statements made by a leading general that it would use nuclear weapons to repulse US military intervention over Taiwan despite Washington’s criticism of the remarks. But Beijing insisted that it would seek to resolve the Taiwan issue in a peaceful manner. “We will never tolerate ‘Taiwan Independence’, neither will we allow anybody with any means to separate Taiwan from the motherland,” a foreign ministry spokesman said. “We hope the US will fulfill its commitments (on Taiwan) with concrete actions... to maintain the peace across the Taiwan Straits.” The spokesman was commenting on statements by General Zhu Chenghu, dean of China’s National Defense University, who said China could launch a nuclear attack on ‘hundreds’ of US cities if the US interfered militarily in the Taiwan issue.