Be WARNED: "China Increasing Nuclear Arsenal, With ‘Largest Military Buildup in History’: US Indo-Pacific Commander"
by Paul Alexander
The U.S. Indo-Pacific commander has warned that China’s growing nuclear arsenal poses a threat to the region’s stability, with Beijing pursuing “the largest military buildup in history” since WWII
“If you’d like to talk about nuclear weapons and the concern for a nuclear arms race, all you have to do is look into the PRC [People’s Republic of China],” Aquilino said at a press conference in Indonesia.
“The only nation increasing the nuclear arsenal right now is the PRC,” he said, adding that China had “300 nuclear silos going in” while the conference was taking place, The Washington Times reported.
According to a fact sheet (pdf) released by the U.S. Department of Defense last year, the accelerating pace of China’s nuclear buildup could enable it to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027.
The report stated that China could be planning to have at least 1,000 warheads by 2030, exceeding the U.S. initial projection in 2020.”
China Increasing Nuclear Arsenal, With ‘Largest Military Buildup in History’: US Indo-Pacific Commander