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United States planned a nuclear attack on China In 1958

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WASHINGTON – According to leaked documents released online by Daniel Ellsberg of the “Pentagon Papers” fame, US military officials pressed for nuclear attacks on mainland China in 1958 to defend Taiwan from a Communist invasion

According to the paper, which was first stated by the New York Times, US planners also expected that the Soviet Union would help China and retaliate with nuclear weapons — a price they thought was worth paying to defend Taiwan.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to documents leaked online by Daniel Ellsberg of the “Pentagon Papers” fame, US military officials pushed for nuclear strikes on mainland China in 1958 in order to protect Taiwan from a Communist invasion.

According to the document, which was first reported by the New York Times, US planners also wanted the Soviet Union to assist China and retaliate with nuclear weapons — a price they considered acceptable in order to protect Taiwan.

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Former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg told the New York Times that he copied the top-secret Taiwan crisis article in the early 1970s and is now publishing it as tensions between the US and China over Taiwan resurface.

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