Alexa Olesen: Beijing Downplays General’s Nuke Comment

From the AP:

China tried to quell an uproar Saturday over a general’s comment that Beijing might use weapons against the United States in a conflict over Taiwan, saying the statement was his personal opinion.

The U.S. State Department on Friday criticized the remark by Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu, a dean at China’s National Defense University, as “highly irresponsible” and asked for Chinese assurance that it didn’t reflect official thinking.

See also “Fury over PLA official’s nuclear threat” from the Taipei Times.


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