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China’s Nuclear arsenal growth to grow unexpected rates

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China’s government nuclear arsenal to grow faster than expected the pentagon said. The Pentagon also said that the People’s Republic of China will have “700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027.” And by 2030 the PRC will intend to build 1,000 nuclear warheads. While the Defense department reported in 2020 that China’s military nuclear arsenal will grow by 400 by the end of the decade. The DOD’s Pentagon revised their decision and unticking it’s estimations by adding another possible 600 nuclear warheads china will build in 2030 in the end of the decade: that is more than a two fold difference. The report also said that China might already have the capabilities to launch ballistic missiles on land, air, and sea. ICBM’s of IBM”S (Inter -Continental Ballistic Missiles) This IBM’s have the capability to even evade air defense systems which protect strategic stand points. The Pentagon also said that China shows clear ambitions to compete in nuclear supremacy as military powers as the U.S. The United States is a country which is estimated to have 3750 nuclear warheads.

“The [People’s Republic of China (PRC)] is increasingly clear in its ambitions and intentions. The PLA’s evolving capabilities and concepts continue to strengthen its ability to fight and win wars, to use their own phrase, against what the PRC refers to as ‘a strong enemy,’” a senior defense official told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday. “And a strong enemy, of course, is very likely a euphemism for the United States. General Mark Milley said a Chinese invasion of Taiwan was “not likely” in the next 24 months but noted Beijing is clearly building a capability to provide options for a future military operation in the region. Financial Times also reported that China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile this summer that can travel in low-earth orbit and is capable of evading ground-based sensors.

The Pentagon assesses that the Chinese navy will reach 420 ships by 2025 and 460 by 2030, making it by far the largest battle fleet in the world. The United States is trying to maintain a manned surface fleet of between 321 and 372 vessels—and up to 140 unmanned ships—but is steadily losing ground. China has also used its vessels to harass rival countries that make oil and gas claims in the region. 

“They are clearly challenging us regionally, and their aspiration is to challenge the United States globally,” Milley said on Wednesday. “They want to challenge the so-called liberal rules-based order. … They want to revise it.”

The Spokesperson of the Foreign Minister of China said that the U.S is “gossiping.”

Chinese Soldiers preparing

Even as NATO leaders met in Brussels, the American aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and several other warships moved into the disputed waters of the South China Sea, with the group’s commander, Rear Adm. Will Pennington, vowing to protect “international law and rules-based order,” wording that echoed NATO’s communiqué. Hours later, 28 Chinese fighter jets and other aircraft — the largest fleet in years — conducted their own show of force over waters south of Taiwan, the island democracy that China claims as its own. “China is coming closer to us,”NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, said while closing his remarks at the summit of the alliance’s leaders.

NATO barely mentioned China in its last summit in 2019 but has now thrust it up to the top of the alliance’s security agenda, a reflection about the growing ambivalence over China’s rise.

Chinese Navy troops marching down on Tiananmen Square in a military parade Beijing, China, in 2019

The Pentagon said” The PRC has the largest Navy in the world, with an overall battel force of approximately 293 ships as of early 2020.” The State Department also urged China to not use force over Taiwan. The U.S also wants to provide military aid to Taiwan: The Republicans proposed 2 billion dollar spending to counter China’s invasion over Taiwan.

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