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Taiwan-China dispute could escalate into nuclear conflict: Former diplomat

Retired US ambassador to China says peaceful 'resolution of Taiwan issue' no longer possible

Chinese warships during exercise

Chinese warships during exercise (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Recent developments show a peaceful resolution of disputes between Taiwan and China is unlikely, with cross-strait tensions having the potential to escalate into a nuclear conflict, former American Ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy said Wednesday (Feb. 3).

China has clearly stated it will use military force to prevent Taiwan from becoming an internationally recognized independent entity, the retired diplomat said in an online seminar held by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Under the circumstances, the United States needs to prevent a military conflict from breaking out with China and developing into a nuclear conflict, Roy added. He warned the Cold War lesson that nuclear weapons should never be used has already been forgotten, UDN reported.

The new administration of President Joe Biden should pay attention to recent developments in China’s attitude, said Roy, who served as ambassador to Beijing from 1991 to 1995. Other China experts have said recently that the communist regime is unlikely to launch a full-scale assault on Taiwan, though tensions between the two countries could mount further.