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CHINA RULES OUT USING N-ARMS AGAINST TAIWAN

While declaring its resolve to retake rival Taiwan by force if necessary, China Thursday removed one threat by promising not to use nuclear weapons in the event of a conflict.

The pledge, issued by the Foreign Ministry, was the most explicit renunciation of the nuclear option China has given Taiwan and suggested a slight easing of tensions.

Divided after the Nationalists lost the mainland to Mao Tse-tung's Communists in 1949, China and Taiwan maintained they were both part of a single Chinese nation. While Taiwan has backed away from its claim to China over the past decade, Beijing still regards the island as a rebel province.

Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui provoked the latest round of Chinese anger, saying in a radio interview in July that the two sides should deal with each other as separate states.

In July, as the war of nerves heated up, China announced it had developed a neutron bomb and did nothing to dampen media speculation that the announcement served as a warning to Taiwan.

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