US says China building up nuclear capacity faster than expected

SpaceWar.com reports: “China is developing its nuclear arsenal faster than US projections had previously anticipated, according to a Pentagon report released Thursday.

China possessed ‘more than 500 operational nuclear warheads as of May 2023 — on track to exceed previous expectations’ the Department of Defense said in its annual China Military Power Report, issued annually and mandated by Congress.

‘We’re not trying to suggest a very large departure from where they looked to be headed… but we are suggesting that they’re on track to exceed those previous projections,’ a senior defense official told journalists.

Nevertheless, the uptick ‘raises a lot of concerns for us,’ the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Beijing is likely to have more than 1,000 operational nuclear warheads by 2030, the report added.

The United States currently possesses about 3,700 nuclear warheads, trailing Russia’s roughly 4,500, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which counts 410 warheads for China…”

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