Nuclear worries in China: the US is “very concerned” as Beijing “deviates from plan.”

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Nuclear worries in China: the US is “very concerned” as Beijing “deviates from plan.”

China’s increasing nuclear arsenal is a source of “grave concern,” according to Joe Biden’s foreign policy advisor Antony Blinken.

President Xi Jinping was also chastised by US Secretary of State John Kerry for what he described as China’s “provocative” behavior in the South China Sea, as well as its human rights record in Tibet, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang. Mr. Blinken spoke out during a meeting with foreign ministers from Asian and partner countries, according to the State Department.

He spoke during the ASEAN Regional Forum’s (ARF) virtual summit, which included more than two dozen countries.

“The Secretary also voiced significant concern with the fast increase of the PRC’s nuclear arsenal, which illustrates how Beijing has sharply veered from its decades-old nuclear strategy based on minimum deterrence,” the State Department stated in a statement released today.

According to the statement, Mr. Blinken also asked all ARF member states to compel Myanmar’s military administration to cease violence and support the country’s people as they struggle to return to democratic governance.

He spoke during the ASEAN Regional Forum’s (ARF) virtual summit, which included more than two dozen countries.

“The Secretary also voiced significant concern with the fast increase of the PRC’s nuclear arsenal, which illustrates how Beijing has sharply veered from its decades-old nuclear strategy based on minimum deterrence,” the State Department stated in a statement released today.

According to the statement, Mr. Blinken also asked all ARF member states to compel Myanmar’s military administration to cease violence and support the country’s people as they struggle to return to democratic governance.

Both the Pentagon and the State Department have recently expressed alarm over China’s nuclear weapons development, following allegations from think tanks based on satellite images that China looks to be building hundreds of additional nuclear missile silos.

The United States has regularly asked China to join it and Russia in a new arms control treaty, and the State Department last month urged Beijing to work with it “on practical measures to decrease the risks of destabilizing arms races.”

According to a Pentagon report from 2020, China’s nuclear weapons arsenal is in the “low 200s” and is expected to increase in size as Beijing builds and modernizes its troops.

According to a. “Brinkwire Summary News,” analysts estimate that the US has roughly 3,800 warheads.

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