Pentagon: ‘Major expansion’ in China’s nuclear arsenal

The following is an excerpt from The Hill.

China has accumulated more than 500 nuclear warheads and is on track to have 1,000 of the destructive weapons by 2030, according to a new Pentagon report.

The Defense Department’s annual report to Congress on the state of China’s strategic capabilities and military force, known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), details in part how Chinese forces are rapidly modernizing their nuclear arsenal as the rivalry with the U.S. heats up.

The Pentagon is warning that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is developing the weapons of mass destruction on an unprecedented scale.

“Over the next decade, the PRC will continue to rapidly modernize, diversify, and expand its
nuclear forces,” the report reads. “Compared to the PLA’s nuclear modernization efforts a decade ago, current efforts dwarf previous attempts in both scale and complexity.”

Beijing last year also built out three new silo fields to launch nuclear missiles from underground and completed the construction of 300 new intercontinental ballistic missile systems.

China has accused the U.S. of stoking tensions through the reports about its nuclear arsenal and stresses it follows a “no first use” policy of firing nuclear weapons.

The U.S. has a policy to only use nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances.

The U.S. still has far more nuclear weapons than China, with more than 3,000 warheads in deployment, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

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5 thoughts on “Pentagon: ‘Major expansion’ in China’s nuclear arsenal”

  1. I became 70 years old last month, and I still recall my earliest nightmares from when I couldn’t have been more than 2 or 3 regarding sirens going off and people running in all directions due to an attack of some kind.

    I don’t know if it’s normal to be able to remember dreams from such a young age, but possibly the terror and number of times that the dreams recur influences one’s retention of the memories. At any rate, I can imagine young kids having similar nightmares today, as it seems that little has changed since the mid 1950s, except that back then it was Russia and today it’s China with the nukes dropping in children’s nightmares.

    1. Mary,

      Parked in one of Sharyl’s
      PAGES, my POST about
      Israel getting caught pas-
      sing U.S. military Tech. to
      Red China ( fighter plane
      technology ), as reported
      in the Washington Times
      ( 1993 ).


      1. P.S.

        Latest concern : › israel-wont-stop-spying-us-249757
        Israel Won’t Stop Spying on the U.S. – Newsweek
        Aaron Sagui told Newsweek “Israel doesn’t conduct espionage operations in the United States, period. We condemn the fact that such outrageous, false allegations are being directed against Israel …

        Of course, the requisite DENIAL.

        Again, find the original WT
        article, which reveals the
        U.S. FIGHTER-Jet technology
        provided to Red China by
        Israel (( may have been
        scrubbed, as I can’t find it
        —possibly, Sharyl might
        hunt for my post, from her
        archive ? ? ? )).

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