The United States Department of Defense just published a report recently on China’s nuclear capability, and what they have discovered is pretty shocking news.
Unfortunately, China is acquiring nuclear weapons faster than the Pentagon has thought in the past year. The predictions of how many nukes China will end up with are staggering, and much higher than our government has previously thought.
They are aware that China’s People’s Liberation Army will probably have around 1,000 nuclear bombs and warheads towards the end of 2030. That’s just ten years away to acquire nuclear capabilities that will be on par with about ⅓ of what the United States has in storage.
It’s a concerning development that wasn’t detailed correctly in the last report the Pentagon published in 2020 called the China Military Power report. Why the Pentagon report about this matter wasn’t so accurate last year is unclear, but it’s probably due to faulty intelligence reports coming through.
Last Year’s Power Report Had Much Lower Numbers
In the 2020 report, the Pentagon claimed that China had only around 200 nuclear warheads in their stockpile. They predicted that China would only be able to double that by the end of this decade, so they were only concerned with around 400 potential nuclear weapons.
Clearly, they were inaccurate in their views of the Chinese government’s real numbers when it comes to weapons of mass destruction, because their true numbers will be more than double that.
What China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Says
The Foreign Minister of China, Wang Wenbin, says that the Pentagon’s report is inaccurate and “full of prejudice” this time around. However, the United States is very aware of just how powerful China is on a global scale.
The Pentagon is clear on the fact that the United States has the most nuclear capabilities, and the best defense system, hands down in the entire world. In the U.S.’s nuclear facilities, there are a reported 3,750 nuclear warheads in total, which consist of active and inactive bombs.
Wenbin went on to say that as long as no one is attacking his country, they would see no reason to use any of their nuclear arsenal in defense.
Though it’s still concerning to the United States, and other global powers around the world, that China is boosting their defenses so rapidly and has been for the past few years.
Who Has All the Power Now?
A top-ranking United States general, who is also Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, said recently that the world is turning into a three-powered or “tri-polared” world that includes the United States, China and Russia.
He also believes that maintaining diplomatic relations between all three powers will become more challenging in the coming years, as everyone lobbies to be the most powerful. Keeping relations peaceful could potentially be more difficult than it was during the Cold War years.
That’s a pretty terrifying thought for many of the older generations that grew up with bomb shelters in their schools and churches, thinking that the then Soviet Union was going to wage war on the United States from 1947 until the early 90’s when it ended.
Hopefully, maintaining peace with all three countries and having the goal of stability will prevail with cool heads, and no one country’s ego getting in the way.
But I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.