With the rise in social unrest and active military aggression in China, the Pentagon has been paying special attention to its actions. Recent increased activity gave officials the information to ascertain that the Chinese nuclear stockpile will triple to 1,500 by 2035 according to a briefing given on November 29th.
“The Department of Defense estimates that (China’s) operational nuclear warheads stockpile has surpassed 400. If China continues the pace of its nuclear expansion, it will likely field a stockpile of about 1,500 warheads” by 2035 according to the report. This figure is still far below the stockpiles of the US and Russia who each have several thousand nuclear warheads.”
Also inside the report was the suggestion that China “probably intends to develop new nuclear warheads and delivery platforms that at least equal the effectiveness, reliability and/or survivability,” to the ones being developed in the US and Russia. This kind of growth is also accompanying advancement in their deployment technology.
In recent years, China has expanded its warships and mobile artillery defenses. With an ever-increasing ballistic arsenal, China has been trying to solidify its place as a global superpower and impose its will on other nations. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been incredibly vocal about this growth and raised that concern to his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe during a recent meeting.
“Throughout 2021 and into 2022, (Chinese) vessels and aircraft have exhibited a sharp increase in unsafe and unprofessional behavior,” which skyrocketed the risk of “a major incident or accident.”
Is the US truly prepared for this kind of activity from China? We should pray that we never have to find out.