China’s silence on nuclear arms buildup fuels speculation on motives

Posted: 15th November 2021

By Tong Zhao | November 12, 2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping Credit wwwkremlinru via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 40 Cropped

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Credit: via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 4.0. Cropped.

The US Defense Department released a report this month that spotlights the Chinese military’s rapid nuclear modernization efforts. The report follows news earlier this year that China constructed potential intercontinental ballistic missile silos and tested an orbital hypersonic missile system. China has also been at work strengthening its nuclear triad capability of land, sea, and air missiles. And the country is reportedly experimenting with new and perhaps exotic delivery technologies, while possibly shifting toward a launch on warning posture. World citizens who want to understand the security implications and prospects for future arms control cooperation with China must first try to understand the military rationale behind its nuclear expansion.

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