This is bizarre. A British paper is claiming that the French defense military has changed its nuclear deterrence strategy, and that "rogue states" will be targeted with France's nuclear weapons. Oddly enough, China is explicitly included as being "potentially" on this list of "rogue states". At first I thought this had to be one of those sterling examples of Fleet Street excitability - the reported rumor of a rumor of a covert change in policy. Upon actually examining the article, I find that it has Chirac quotes! How utterly, utterly odd. According to other sources, China is crawling with French "tourists" apparently looking to strengthen bilateral ties, both military and economic.
Via Little Green Footballs, which continues to prove to be of use.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
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