Pentagon: China will triple the number of nuclear warheads

The United States is extremely concerned about the strengthening of China’s nuclear forces

China intends to more than triple its stockpile of nuclear warheads to 1,500 by 2035, the U.S. Department of Defense announced November 29 in its annual China People’s Liberation Army military strength report, Japan’s Kyodo Tsushin news agency reported.

The Pentagon report, which focuses mainly on military developments involving China last year, reflects US concerns about Beijing’s continued nuclear buildup and pressure on Taiwan, including increased flights to the island’s self-proclaimed air defense identification zone, which Washington considers “provocative and destabilizing.”

According to the Pentagon, China “probably accelerated its nuclear expansion” in 2021, and its stockpile of nuclear warheads exceeded 400, compared with an estimate a year earlier of less than 200 warheads on hand.

Noting that the PLA plans to largely complete the modernization of its armed forces by 2035, in a report, the Pentagon, in its report entitled “Military and Security Developments Affecting the People’s Republic of China,” asserts that Beijing “will probably have a stockpile of about 1,500 warheads in place by that time.”

A senior US defense official said the latest estimate does not suggest a significant acceleration in the growth of nuclear arsenals compared to last year’s report, when the Pentagon estimated that by 2030 China would likely possess at least 1,000 nuclear warheads.

Recall that according to official American data, as of September 2020, the US armed forces had 3,750 nuclear warheads.


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