While President Joe Biden is eager to pass his Build Back Better plan and force all Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine, China is secretly building an arsenal of nuclear warheads at what is being called an “accelerating pace”. According to a new report that was released on Wednesday by the Pentagon, China will have possession of over 1,000 nuclear warheads by the end of the decade. It should be noted that just a year ago, reports suggested that China’s nuclear arsenal was around the low 200s, but now, the growth appears to be rapidly increasing.
Referring to China as the PRC, the People’s Republic of China, the Pentagon noted, “The accelerating pace of the PRC’s nuclear expansion may enable the PRC to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027. The PRC likely intends to have at least 1,000 warheads by 2030, exceeding the pace and size the DoD projected in 2020.”
China’s ability to grow such a stockpile of nuclear weapons is not only due to “increasing its capacity to produce and separate plutonium,” but they also have no treaty specifying how many nuclear warheads they can acquire. As of now, the U.S. is currently in agreement with Russia to have no more than 1,550 nuclear warheads in its arsenal. Again, China has no such treaty with any country.
The report warned that the PRC “is building hundreds of new ICBM silos, and is on the cusp of a large silo-based ICBM force expansion comparable to those undertaken by other major powers.”
On top of the new nuclear weapons, the Pentagon’s last annual report to Congress showed that China had also amassed the biggest Navy in the world. “In the near-term, the PLAN will have the capability to conduct long-range precision strikes against land targets from its submarine and surface combatants using land-attack cruise missiles, notably enhancing the PRC’s global power projection capabilities.”
The U.S. military’s top officer, Gen. Mark Milley said on Wednesday, “We’re witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed. If we, the United States military, don’t do a fundamental change to ourselves in the coming 10 to 15 to 20 years, then we’re going to be on the wrong side of a conflict.”
Milley also added that an invasion of Taiwan by China would most likely happen within the next two years.
The report wasn’t just about nuclear warheads as there was a separate section on “Chemical and Biological research,” saying China has “engaged in biological activities with potential dual-use applications, which raise concerns regarding its compliance with the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (BWC) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).”
In a recent interview with Fox News, Elbridge A. Colby, former deputy assistant secretary of defense, said it’s not just China’s weapons that are concerning – it’s Beijing’s overall military advancements including its nuclear forces.”The Sputnik moment was kind of this idea that we finally woke up to something. There are plenty of Sputnik moments we have before us.”