China says nuclear weapons only intended for ‘self-defence’

SpaceWar.com reports: “Beijing on Friday stressed its nuclear programme was only intended for self-defence, insisting nations had nothing to fear as long as they did not threaten China with attack.

Washington said this week that China’s nuclear arsenal was developing much faster than US projections had previously anticipated, and Beijing is likely to have more than 1,000 operational nuclear warheads by 2030.

Asked about the claim, China’s foreign ministry expressed its ‘firm opposition’ to the US report, though a spokesperson did not outright deny the numbers given.

‘China firmly pursues a nuclear strategy of self-defence,’ foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said.

‘We have always kept our nuclear forces at the minimum level required for national security and have no intention to engage in a nuclear arms race with any country,’ she added.

‘No country will be threatened by China’s nuclear weapons as long as it does not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against China,’ Mao said…”

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