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Pentagon Report: China Plans to Build Over a Thousand Nuclear Weapons in the Next 10 Years

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The Pentagon has said China should have a stockpile of around 1,500 nuclear weapons by 2035.
At present, China’s estimated number of nuclear weapons is just over 400.
The Pentagon made this claim in its annual report to Congress on China’s plan to increase military might.

Washington. The Pentagon of the US Department of Defense has said that China should have a stockpile of about 1,500 nuclear weapons by 2035. While at present, China’s estimated number of nuclear weapons is just over 400. The Pentagon report claimed that China should have 1,500 nuclear weapons by 2035. Beijing aims to modernize, diversify and expand its nuclear forces over the next decade, a the Pentagon said Tuesday in its annual report to Congress on China’s ambitious military plans.

The Pentagon report says China’s current nuclear modernization efforts exceed past modernization efforts in scale and complexity. He says China is making huge investments to be able to launch nuclear weapons from its land, sea and air. China is building the infrastructure necessary for this major expansion of its nuclear forces. With regard to China, it is said in this report that it is increasing its nuclear weapons program by increasing its capacity for the production and separation of plutonium by preparing fast breeder reactors and reprocessing facilities.

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The report claims that Beijing may have significantly accelerated its nuclear expansion program by 2021. It was said in the Pentagon report that PLA intends to fully modernize it by 2035. If China continues the pace of its nuclear expansion, it will build up a stockpile of about 1,500 warheads by 2035. A Pentagon official said China’s strategy is to strengthen and expand its national power in order to adapt at least some aspects of the international order to its political system and its national interests.

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