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Tsing Shi Tao
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Biographical information


Political information

China.gif China


Nuclear general


General Class AAA

Game information

Zero Hour

Melt! Everything must melt!
- Tao

General Tsing Shi Tao is a Chinese Class AAA General serving in the People's Liberation Army during the War against the GLA.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 50 year old[1] General Tsing gets what he wants, at any cost. Impatient to a fault, General Tsing relies heavily on nuclear technology on the battlefield. Unfortunately, there have been several terrible accidents. While General Tsing was the responsible officer during the Mudanjiang Disaster of 2007, his considerable talents saved his career. General Tsing believes such trials and errors are part of the development process.[2]

His divisions are beginning to see the results of his convictions, as a prototype of an advanced nuclear power plant has produced better results. Programs to develop tactical nukes and to promote stability in radioactive isotopes are producing better safety records, which will be well-received by his troops.[3]

General Tsing Shi Tao is stationed at Base Ox, Chengdu, and his Combat Number is 0000-000000-1.[4]

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General's Challenge[edit | edit source]

Soon your base will glow like the sun!
- Tao

His knowledge of nuclear weapons makes him a dangerous enemy, as all of his main battle tanks are much faster and are equipped with nuclear shells. He is capable of annihilating groups of enemies while usually launching nuke after nuke at them, not giving them any time to react. He would usually welcome his opponent with a display of his nuclear arsenal, using Nuke Cannons to obliterate the recon force sent ahead and launching a nuclear missile to remove any survivors before a forward base could be built.

The village in front of his main fortress is mostly unsafe for ground roaming, forcing commanders to deploy air cavalry to safely mobilized across the tainted area. However, he displayed a callous disregard for the well-being of his own infantry, sometimes marching them directly through radioactive slag in his haste to thow them at the enemy. His Mig, although nuclear powered, can be nullified by superior enemy aircraft equipped with countermeasures. Although USA have access to the Ambulance and the Chemical Suit upgrade, they are not recommended as both are ground related. GLA, having no ability to deploy air potency, can always turn to stealth tactics. GLA defence is somewhat more vulnerable as most of their defence structure features exposed infantry, a network of demo charges is a suitable solution. Fellow Chinese generals may use units capable of being upgraded with Speaker Towers.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Time to put on your lead underwear!
At least it's a dry heat, General.
Ah! What?! I am out of power?! How can I be out of power?! Someone get me more power, NOW!!!
All forces, prepare for the next assault!
And now for my final attack. Hold on General, you're going to like this. Oh wait, no you won't!
Is the heat getting to you, General?
AH! My War Factory! What have you done?! My precious tanks, gone!
Ah! My Command Center! NO!!!! I won't lose command, I won't!!
That ambulance will not save your men from the radiation.
Cold Fusion is no way to make power, General.
It pains me to destroy your reactors, General.
We have found some supplies! Soon we will control all of the resources...
More supplies for us! How are you funding your troops General?
It appears we control all the supplies in the area.
You better bring a lot of sunblock with you, General.
This is only the beginning general, The beginning of the end.
Surrender! Or do you want the bombing to continue?
You are losing this war General. A few more bombs and your base will fall...
Now the battle begin in earnest, prepare yourself general!
It looks like a nuclear winter this year, General.
Melt! Everything must melt!

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His name is a bad spelling of the Chinese term "Qing Shi Tou" (青石头), meaning "green stones". Uranium is usually depicted in fiction as green, rocky formations.
  • Tsing Tao also shares his first and last names with Tsingtao beer, a popular Chinese beer that is also widely exported around the world.
  • When you face him in the General's Challenge, he CAN NOT rebuild any destroyed structures, and all of his nuclear missiles will fire on PREDETERMINED areas; his first will hit to the left, near the supply dock (not the furthest down-left).
  • If you try to capture the Missile Silos before their launch, they will explode as if they were Booby Trapped, use this to your advantage when playing China
  • General Tao carries an IMI Uzi in his victory portrait, a slightly odd choice for a Chinese General as it is an Israeli-made weapon not used by the Chinese military.
  • General Tao is wearing an outfit meant for a Marshall of The Peoples' Republic of China because of the blue millitary uniform. He is likely of that rank. If that's true he would outrank every Chinese general except General Leang. Tao and Leang would be of the same rank.
  • Despite already having access to much nuclear technology and weaponry, Tao was meant to have access to even more nuclear-based arsenal including Nuclear Hackers (capable of setting up nuclear suitcase bombs), Nuclear Red Guard (with Radiation Rockets), Nuclear Tank Hunters, a Tactical Nuclear Strike (airdropped nuclear bomb) General's Power and further upgrades for Uranium Shells (Weapons Grade Uranium Shells) and Nuclear Tanks (Fusion Reactors) but there were never implemented or cut. Mods restore most of these units.
  • Unlike other generals, he has no limitations, save for the loss of Firestorm from MiGs.
  • He had been spotted in the leaked storyboard videos of the Generals 2 campaign.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Generals Zero Hour, generals.csf, GUI:BioDOBEntry_Pos2
  2. Generals Zero Hour manual
  3. Generals Zero Hour manual
  4. Generals Zero Hour manual
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