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US Admiral Would Nuke China on Trump Order
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US Admiral Would Nuke China on Trump Order

The commander of the United States Pacific Fleet said Thursday that he would launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump ordered it.
“The answer would be: Yes,” Adm. Scott Swift said, responding to a hypothetical question at a security conference at the Australian National University, Sputnik reported.
“Every member of the US military has sworn an oath to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and to obey the officers and the president of the United States as commander and chief appointed over us,” Swift said.
The US Pacific Fleet is one of the two main strategic forces of the US Navy. It operates in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The fleet encompasses three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, 24 nuclear submarines and several dozen guided missile destroyers.
Commenting on Swift’s words, Vladimir Kozin, a Russian military expert and professor at the Academy of Military Sciences, noted that such statements are based on the nuclear strategy of the United States.
“The Americans have a list of countries they could attack with nuclear weapons if necessary. China is on this list. China declared its no first use (NFU) policy in 1964, but the US has repeatedly rejected calls for adopting a NFU policy. Moreover, the current US nuclear strategy presumes a preemptive nuclear strike,” Kozin told Radio Sputnik.
According to the expert, this statement can be interpreted as an attempt to put pressure over Beijing.
“The US wants to force China to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program. In addition, it is a typical show of force by the US military,” Kozin said.
He pointed out that such a statement would further bring Moscow and Beijing closer in military and strategic cooperation.
Military expert Igor Korotchenko noted that China would immediately strike back in the event of a nuclear aggression and thus there is no risk of war between the US and China.
“In the recent decade, China has been developing the mobile component of the nuclear forces, including mobile missile systems and submarines. A hypothetical Chinese nuclear strike would inflict unacceptable damage on the US. Trump understands that and will not give such an order,” Korotchenko said.

 

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