Why the United States is becoming increasingly concerned about China’s expanding nuclear arsenal.
THE UNITED STATES IS GROWING CONCERNED ABOUT CHINA’S GROWING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, and China has been urged to stop its “provocative” behavior.
In an online summit of more than 20 countries, the US expressed worry over China’s nuclear program and growing nuclear arsenal. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined a litany of China’s provocative actions, including the expansion of its nuclear program.
President Joe Biden has long advocated for regaining control of nuclear weapons in order to combat unchecked weapon development.
Since June, researchers have discovered more than 20 missile silos under construction in China’s western deserts, putting Biden’s administration in a difficult position to deal with the country’s increasing nuclear arsenal.
“For a very, very long time, we spoke about China as a future problem,” David Santoro, president of Hawaii-based think-tank Pacific Forum and a co-organiser of semi-official US-China nuclear discussion for 15 years till 2019, told the Financial Times. China is now clearly a nuclear threat.
“We’ve known for a long time that China is building up its nuclear arsenal. Mr Blinken encouraged the ASEAN Regional Forum member states to compel Myanmar’s military administration to cease violence and assist the country’s people as they struggle to return to democratic governance during an online meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum.
The US State Department expressed alarm about China’s increasing nuclear might after the conference.
“The secretary also expressed deep concern with the rapid growth of the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] nuclear arsenal, which highlights how Beijing has sharply deviated from its decades-old nuclear strategy based on minimum deterrence,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. A Pentagon report from 2020 estimated China’s nuclear warhead stockpile in the “low 200s.”
According to the research, it is expected to more than double in size as Beijing expands and modernizes its forces.
Mr Blinken also urged on China to stop acting in a “provocative” manner in the South China Sea during the meeting.
He also “raised severe concerns about continued human rights abuses in Tibet, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang,” according to the State Department. The US’ defense of Taiwan has complicated matters further, with the US announcing the Biden administration’s first military transfer to Taiwan.
“If completed, this proposed sale will.” Brinkwire Summary News, according to a State Department official.