BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese government is deeply
shocked over news that the U.S. Defence Department has outlined
the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries including
China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi said here Monday.
China demands an explanation from the U.S. side about the issue,
Sun said when answering a question from the press on the Los
Angeles Times' recent report that the Pentagon has informed the U.
S. Congress in a secret report of its plan which includes the
possible use of nuclear weapons against China and six other
countries in emergency situations.
"Like many other countries, China is deeply shocked by this
report," Sun said, "the U.S. side bears the responsibility to make
an explanation on this matter."
China is a peace-loving country and poses no threat to any
other nation, Sun said.
"China has always held that nuclear weapons should be
comprehensively prohibited and thoroughly destroyed," he said.
"Countries with nuclear weapons should undertake
unconditionally not to be the first to use them, and not to use or
threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states or
nuclear-weapon-free regions," he said.
The spokesman noted the fact that China and the United States
have in place an agreement not to target each other with nuclear
"Any Cold War mentality goes against the global trend of peace
and development through cooperation, and is doomed to failure," he