Monday, September 19, 2011

Fwd: China

'At the end of August, General Xu, in the words of the South China Morning Post, said that "if China could no longer keep secret its missile launches, it would not be able to launch a surprise attack on the U.S."

His unsettling comment came in response to a WikiLeaks revelation that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a classified cable sent January 9, 2010, instructed American embassies to warn four friendly governments of upcoming Chinese missile launches two days later. The cable included details that had to come from one or more sources inside China's strategic missile corps

Obviously, they have considered the possibility of launching a surprise attack on the United States—otherwise General Xu would not have blurted out his comment.

And his comment was not a one-off remark. Currently servicing Chinese generals have talked in public of initiating a nuclear exchange, thereby abandoning Beijing's no-first-use pledge. In 1995, General Xiong Guangkai famously mentioned the incineration of Los Angeles. In 2005, the People's Liberation Army upped the ante when Major General Zhu Chenghu said we should be prepared for the destruction of "hundreds of cities."'

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