Washington: China is expected to have a stockpile of around 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035. The US Department of Defense gave this information. China currently has about 400 weapons. Beijing aims to modernize, diversify and expand its nuclear forces over the next decade, the Pentagon said Tuesday in its annual report to the US Congress on China’s ambitious military program.
He said China’s current nuclear modernization exercise is on a much larger scale than previous modernization efforts. The report said China is increasing the number of land, sea and air nuclear platforms and building the necessary infrastructure to expand its nuclear forces. It has been said that China could accelerate its nuclear expansion in 2021. The Pentagon has estimated that the stockpile of operational nuclear weapons in China has exceeded 400.
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According to some reports, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) plans to “complete modernization” of its national defense and armed forces by 2035. He says, “If China develops nuclear at this rate, it will be able to stockpile about 1,500 warheads by 2035.” A senior official said: “Their (China’s) goal is to expand its national power through domestic and foreign policy initiatives, so one of the global security initiatives launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping… is that China wants to portray itself as a provider of global public goods.
The official said more drastic and aggressive actions had taken place in the Indo-Pacific region, some of which would be called “dangerous” by the United States. He said Chinese ships were behaving unsafely and unprofessionally in the Indian Pacific region. Responding to the Pentagon report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that in recent years the United States “China Danger” overdoes the United States so that it can find an excuse to expand its nuclear weapons and maintain its military dominance.
According to the Pentagon report, Chinese diplomatic, economic, political and military pressure against Taiwan has intensified. The report highlights increased military pressure in 2021 and its further increase in 2022, particularly due to the visit of US President Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. The Pentagon said last year that the number of Chinese nuclear weapons could increase to 700 within six years and to 1,000 by 2030. The new report indicates that China currently has about 400 nuclear weapons and that this number could increase to 1,500 by 2035. The United States has 3,750 active nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao stressed to Beijing that China’s nuclear policy is consistent and clear. He said: “We are following the nuclear development strategy for our defence. We stick to the policy of no first use of nuclear weapons. We have exercised extreme restraint in the development of nuclear capabilities. We have retained this minimum capability necessary for national security. We are not involved in any arms race. Zhao also said America has the largest nuclear stockpile in the world.
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