Pentagon Worries About CCP’s Nuclear Warhead Threat

On November 29, the Pentagon released a report stating that Communist China currently has a nuclear stockpile of more than 400 nuclear warheads. If Beijing continues to maintain the current pace of nuclear buildup, it may have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035. At a news conference on the Pentagon’s annual report on Communist China’s military, a senior U.S. defense official said Beijing’s rapid buildup of nuclear weapons is too substantial to keep secret. The report mainly focuses on events in 2021.

Communist China reportedly has a nuclear stockpile of more than 400 nuclear warheads at present, and the number is expected to reach 1,000 by 2030. At the constant expansive pace, CCP is anticipated to have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035. The forecast raises Washington’s growing concern about Beijing’s intentions to expand its nuclear arsenal.

Moreover, at the CCP’s 20th National Congress in October, Xi said Communist China would strengthen its strategic deterrence — a term that usually refers to nuclear weapons. The Pentagon has questioned whether CCP is deviating from its nuclear strategy premised on so-called “minimal and credible” deterrent.

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