US report about China’s warheads heavily biased

2020-09-02 15:28:41
US report about China’s warheads heavily biased

China has rejected a US report that put forth the claim that Beijing is expected to double the number of its nuclear warheads.

In its yearly report to US Congress, the Pentagon stated on Tuesday that China is expected to double the number of its nuclear warheads during the next 10 years from the low 200s now and is getting closer to achieving the ability to launch nuclear strikes by land, air and sea, a capacity known as a triad.

In response to these claims, Chinese Foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said in a news briefing on Wednesday that the Pentagon’s report is filled with bias.

This heavily biased report comes amid American attempts to get China to join the talks with Russia over the so-called New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), the last bilateral accord limiting the two countries' nuclear arsenals that is due to expire in February 2021.

Beijing has adamantly refused to join the talks given the fact that the US nuclear arsenal is about 20 times the size of China’s.

In July, a senior Chinese diplomat said Beijing would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiations, on the condition that Washington significantly reduces its arsenal to match China’s own level.

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