Thursday, July 21, 2005


...that's a relief:

China affirms 'no first use' nuclear policy after uproar over general's warning

BEIJING -- China won't be the first to use nuclear weapons in a military conflict, the foreign minister said Thursday, trying to quell an uproar over a general's remark that Beijing might use them against U.S. forces in a conflict over Taiwan.

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said China "will not first use nuclear weapons at any time and under any condition," according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Li said China has embraced that stance since it developed nuclear weapons in 1964 and it "will not be changed in the future."


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