US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — In the near future, China intends to increase its stockpiles of nuclear warheads to 1,000 units, as the country is faced with growing strategic threats from the United States. China needs to prevent America’s possible military action.
This was stated by Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of The Global Times, owned by People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party. And all this at a time when US President Donald Trump again called on China to join the Arms Control Treaty, which expires in February 2021. Beijing has repeatedly rejected these calls.
China intends to increase the number of nuclear warheads and complete the development of a technologically advanced nuclear triad by developing the H-20 strategic invisible bomber and ballistic missiles launched from JL-3 submarines. Beijing-based military expert Wei Dongsu said the next-generation Chinese SLBM will have longer range and more nuclear warheads, which will provide more powerful means of deterrence and counterattack.
According to rumors, the H-20 bomber can carry both nuclear and conventional weapons, cross continents and carry out strategic containment missions. This is almost a trump card of the Chinese Air Force.
According to experts, the nuclear arsenal corresponding to the position of China will establish a more stable and peaceful world order. It will be beneficial to the whole world.
In recent months, tensions between the United States and China, already high due to the trade war, have intensified amid a verbal war due to the causes of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the United States exerts strong military pressure on China, sending all kinds of warships and military aircraft to the South China Sea, East China Sea and the Taiwan Strait.
The Pentagon plans to deploy Tomahawk ground-based missile systems on a chain of islands on which China’s military developments will be deployed. This would not have been possible if the United States had not withdrawn from the INF Treaty, the agency said.Reuters.
On May 1, the United States sent B-1B strategic bombers to the East China Sea three times. The US Navy carrier strike group led by Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier and USS America landing ship conducted exercises on March 15 in the South China Sea. After COVID-19 broke out on the aircraft carrier, the US began to carry out military provocations more and more often, trying to demonstrate the US military power.
The situation is compounded by the fact that the United States supports the development and actual use of low-power nuclear weapons, arguing that they are “safer” than more destructive weapons.
On Friday, Chinese military expert Song Zhongping said the US was putting pressure and threatening China in all areas. Since nuclear weapons are no longer a simple deterrent for the United States, China will have to expand its nuclear arsenal in response to this enormous threat.
Asked to comment on whether China will create more nuclear warheads and DF-41 missiles and whether China will join the US Arms Treaty, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said that large countries should allocate responsibility for priorities and commitments to reduce strategic nuclear weapons.
As Hua noted, China has always acted as part of its “non-use first” policy when it comes to nuclear weapons.
According to analysts, China sees nuclear weapons only as a means of strategic deterrence, but any deterrence should be so strong as to stop military aggression against China.
As you know, China demonstrated its modern nuclear weapons at a military parade in Beijing on October 1, 2019. Thus, the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile is capable of hitting the United States with several nuclear warheads.
Military experts said that a regional conflict between China and the United States is quite possible.
For example, if the United States continues to challenge China’s final position on Taiwan. The source of the confrontation between China and the United States may be the continued provocation of the United States using the basic interests of China.
A developed nuclear weapon can hold back a war, but it can also be used in it, so the emergence and development of a future conflict is unpredictable.
China has only a small amount of nuclear weapons, much smaller and worse in quality than the United States, military expert Song Zhongping noted. But the United States is asking China to join the strategic arms reduction talks. China will not join this treaty until it reaches the same level of armaments as the United States.
Military expert Wei Dongsu said: “The development of new strategic weapons by China does not mean that it will actively attack a particular country. It is simply going to expand its own capabilities of strategic defense, keeping other major powers from reckless actions.”
Wei added that China, as a responsible large country, must have nuclear deterrence capabilities that are consistent with its position and strategic interests.
China’s modernization of its nuclear weapons will help establish a new strategic balance, Wei said, noting that if China has a stronger strategic deterrence potential, countries that tend to wage wars will be less likely to launch them.
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