U.S. Department of Defense China deploys more than 200 nuclear warheads Likely to double in next 10 years September 2 at 4:31 a.m.
In a report analyzing China’s military trends, the U.S. Department of Defense revealed that China has deployed more than 200 operational nuclear warheads and could more than double that number over the next decade.
The U.S. Department of Defense today released its annual report analyzing China’s military trends.
The report revealed for the first time an estimate of the number of nuclear warheads held by China, and said it was “currently deploying more than 200 operational nuclear warheads and could at least double that number over the next decade.”
It also points out that it is possible to mount such a nuclear warhead and has increased the number of medium-range ballistic and cruise missiles that put U.S. military bases in Japan in range.
The United States has indicated that China will not participate in a treaty that will significantly reduce its nuclear power, while China has called for it to join the treaty as the new START nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia approaches in February next year.
Assistant Secretary of State for China Affairs at the Pentagon, Mr. Sbragia, to coincide with the release of the report, said, “The number of bullet heads we have alone cannot provide a complete picture of China’s complex threats. China is also developing nuclear missiles that can be mounted on submarines and aircraft, and is also trying to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles that can be launched from underground.”