China’s nuclear threat: Beijing’s newly announced missile stations put “all of the United States in range.”
New satellite photographs suggest that China has built hundreds of new nuclear weapon silos, each with missiles capable of “targeting the whole United States.”
To house the superpower’s increasing nuclear weapons, China has built a massive network of sites. A new silo field appears to be under construction in western China, according to satellite photographs. According to Fox News, a nuclear nonproliferation expert has warned that these new facilities are armed with nuclear weapons capable of striking the whole United States.
The newly revealed missile launch sites, according to nuclear nonproliferation specialist Jeffrey Lewis, are capable of “soaking up” US nuclear strikes.
“What silos are wonderful for is absorbing up enemy warheads,” he told Fox News.
“If you look at China’s silos, which are now in the order of 230/40, each silo needs at least two nuclear warheads to destroy,” Mr Lewis says. The new Chinese sites, according to Mr Lewis, will be able to launch several nuclear warheads against locations over 9,000 miles away.
“It puts the entire United States in range,” Tomlinson added.
It comes as Tobias Ellwood, a Tory MP, warned that if the West failed to act to slow China’s rise, Beijing will have “all the cards.”
“We’re still coming to terms with what we need to do about China,” Mr Ellwood told this website.
“In my opinion, the world is splintering into two conflicting areas of influence, which is really problematic.
“We have approximately four to five years to figure out what the West needs to do to cooperate with and allow China and the rest of the globe to collaborate gracefully.
“If we don’t find a solution, we will be so disempowered that China will hold all the cards,” said the Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. “That, I believe, will make for a very sad century.”