China: United States preparing to attack?

Taiwanese newspaper Taipei Times published recently details of a new war plan prepared by the Bush administration and due to be presented to the Congress in July this year. Quoting Bruce Blair, President of the Center for Defense Information, the newspaper claims U.S. strategic concerns are being currently shifted from Russia and Europe to China.'There has been an adverse trend in US-China relations that is actually reflected in the nuclear war planning process in the United States', Mr. Blair says. The new plan foresees a massive American nuclear attack against a large number of Chinese targets. In 1998, Washington approved a plan allowing 2,120 nuclear warheads to be launched against China from bombers and submarines under specific circumstances. According to Mr. Blair, the current review is to 'broaden the options'.In addition to 'leadership sites', nuclear facilities and military objects, the plan would as well include Chinese rocket launchers in Fujian Province close to Taiwan on the target list.

Henry L. Marconi Pravda.Ru Sydney, Australia

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