Washington: The United States (US) has said that China is rapidly developing its nuclear capability. This will increase the nuclear arms race in the world and threaten regional stability.
The US has said that China is rapidly increasing its missile capability. It is building more than 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles in a desert near the northwestern city of Yumen.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the construction of the new silos meant China’s nuclear arsenal could grow faster than expected. Price said the construction of the silo is a matter of concern and raises questions about China’s intentions. After all, why America’s concern has increased with silos.
It was revealed in a report seven months ago
Seven months ago, information about increasing nuclear weapons under the supervision of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force was given in the annual report of Atomic Scientist. Authors Hans Christensen and Mate Korda have given full details in the report titled ‘Chinese Nuclear Forces 2020’.
This report says that China is increasing its nuclear weapons capability. In the last few years, it has shown a rapid pace not only in the number of weapons but also in their modernization. The report said that China’s nuclear weapons program, which began in the 1980s, increased rapidly in the 1990s and 2000s. It has significantly increased the number of these weapons in the last few years. New missiles have also been included in this arsenal. He had demonstrated the advanced DF-41 and DF-31AG missiles in 2019 itself.
China’s nuclear arsenal estimated to double in the next decade
The US Defense Intelligence Agency has estimated the number of China’s nuclear weapons to double in the next decade. The report said that China has also increased the power of its nuclear submarines. There has been a significant increase in weapons in one year.
In the 2019 report of Atomic Scientist, the number of these weapons was 290, which has now increased to 350. This number is different from the annual report of the US Department of Defense. It is estimated that China currently has 350 nuclear weapons.
Of these, 272 have been handed over. 240 nuclear warheads are fitted in the ground-launched missile. 48 are in ballistic missiles deployed at sea. There are 20 such bombs, which have been kept for bomber aircraft. There are 78 such weapons, which are being deployed at different places both at sea and on land.