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The Pentagon: China is expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than expected

The Pentagon: China is expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than expected

This is the annual report issued by the US Department of Defense on China’s military capabilities, that “accelerating China’s nuclear expansion may allow it to acquire 700 nuclear warheads by 2027.” Beijing is likely to seek to acquire at least a thousand nuclear warhead by 2030, which is higher than the frequency and quantity estimated in 2020.”

In the previous report to Congress published on September 1, 2020, I estimated US Department of Defense China has “about 200” nuclear warheads, but has estimated that this number will double over the next ten years.

With 700 nuclear warheads by 2027 and 1,000 by 2030, projections show US Army A very strong acceleration of Beijing’s nuclear activities.

According to the report, China is likely to have created an emerging “nuclear triad”, that is, the ability to Launching nuclear ballistic missiles From sea, land and air.

In order to arrive at these numbers, the authors of the report relied, in particular, on statements by Chinese officials in official media and on satellite images showing the establishment of a large number of nuclear depots, as a senior official in the Ministry of Defense told the press while presenting this report, of which only part is published and is Classify the remainder as extremely confidential.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said that the launches include ballistic missiles from submarines and those launched by them launchers In addition to the “Mobile Missile Force” that allows missiles to be launched from trucks.