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China’s nuclear arsenal likely to match US stockpile?

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China is pursuing a nuclear triad capability, increasing their delivery options, and they are working to improve the survivability of its forces. We also believe that they may seek to develop nuclear strength commensurate with a great power. Left unchecked, the Department believes the PRC’s nuclear arsenal could grow commensurately with its regional ambitions.

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Washington, March 10: The United States is concerned over China’s increasing military capabilities including nuclear stockpile which is why even Joe Biden administration is also toeing the line adopted and pursued by his predecessor Donald Trump.

Admiral Davidson has already stressed upon the need to act as there is likelihood Chinese nuclear stockpile can be quadrupled in the next decade, overmatching with the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

China has world’s largest Navy, coast guard, air forces, Army including most sophisticated and strategic missile forces .

Without getting into specific details, Pentagon Press Secretary John F Kirby said,”we clearly believe that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is pursuing a nuclear triad capability, increasing their delivery options, and they are working to improve the survivability of its forces. We also believe that they may seek to develop nuclear strength commensurate with a great power. Left unchecked, the Department believes the PRC’s nuclear arsenal could grow commensurately with its regional ambitions, but I won’t go into more detail than that.”

China’s Navy consists of 350 ships and submarines,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBMs) and ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCMs) with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.It also has long-range surface-to-air systems—including Russian-built S-400s, S-300s.

“China maintained a high level of activity at its Lop Nur nuclear weapons test site throughout 2019, according to the US Department of State’s April 2020 Executive Summary of Findings on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments.

“China’s possible preparation to operate its Lop Nur test site year-round, its use of explosive containment chambers, extensive excavation activities at Lop Nur, and lack of transparency on its nuclear testing activities – which has included frequently blocking the flow of data from its International Monitoring System (IMS) stations to the International Data Center operated by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization – raise concerns regarding its adherence to the ‘zero yield’ standard adhered to by the United States, United Kingdom, and France in their respective nuclear weapons testing moratoria,”the US executive summary stated.

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