U.S. Calls Build-Up Of China's Nuclear Arsenal 'Concerning'

U.S. Calls Build-Up Of China's Nuclear Arsenal 'Concerning'

The United States said on Thursday China's rapid build-up of its nuclear forces was concerning and called on Beijing to engage with it "on practical measures to reduce the risks of destabilizing arms races."

Andrew H. Sweet

The build-up had become more difficult for China to hide, and it appeared it was deviating from decades of nuclear strategy based around minimal deterrence, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told a regular news briefing.

Price was responding to a question about a report in the Washington Post that said China had begun constructing more than 100 new missile silos in a desert area in the western part of the country.

In a 2020 report to Congress, the Pentagon estimated China's nuclear warhead stockpile in "the low 200s" and said it was projected to at least double in size as Beijing expands and modernizes its forces.

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