What’s the fuss over China’s nuclear build-up?


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May 1, 2014
1. China has begun construction of what independent experts say are more than 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles in a desert near the northwestern city of Yumen, a building spree that could signal a major expansion of Beijing’s nuclear capabilities......

The acquisition of more than 100 new missile silos, if completed, would represent a historic shift for China, a country that is believed to possess a relatively modest stockpile of 250 to 350 nuclear weapons. The actual number of new missiles intended for those silos is unknown but could be much smaller. China has deployed decoy silos in the past.....

The construction boom suggests a major effort to bolster the credibility of China’s nuclear deterrent, said researcher Jeffrey Lewis, an expert on China’s nuclear arsenal and part of a team that analyzed the suspicious sites, first spotted by colleague Decker Eveleth as he scoured photos taken by commercial satellites over northwestern China. Lewis described the scale of the building spree as “incredible.”

“If the silos under construction at other sites across China are added to the count, the total comes to about 145 silos under construction,” Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, part of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said in a summary of his findings provided to The Washington Post. “We believe China is expanding its nuclear forces in part to maintain a deterrent that can survive a U.S. first strike in sufficient numbers to defeat U.S. missile defenses.”......

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...a8debc-d9c2-11eb-bb9e-70fda8c37057_story.html

2. Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman and head of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity told RT (a Russian state-controlled international television network) in October 2018 that he did not believe the US withdrawal from the 1987 treaty would do anything to enhance US security. According to him, the US is saturated with weapons and doesn't need a new nuclear build-up.

Ron Paul said: "We have enough weapons, not only to self-destruct but to destroy the world 10 times over and we don't need to worry about not having enough weapons around."

Compared with America's 6,550 nuclear weapons, China has a pathetic number of 270. So what’s the fuss over the so-called “breathtaking expansion” by China to have a credible nuclear deterrence? By the time China obtains 6,550 nuclear weapons, the US would have enough nuclear warheads to destroy the world 100 times over, perhaps even all the other planets in the solar system.

America's Sinophobia is beyond comprehension. When can the US come to its senses? :)

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