China will have more than 1,000 nuclear weapons in the next 10 years.
Washington. The US Department of Defense, the Pentagon, has said that China will have about 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035. (nuclear weapons) Reserves are likely to accumulate. While China’s current nuclear arsenal is estimated at just over 400. A Pentagon report claims that China is expected to have 1,500 nuclear weapons by 2035. Beijing aims to modernize, diversify and expand its nuclear forces over the next decade, the Pentagon said in its annual report to Congress on China’s ambitious military plans on Tuesday.
The Pentagon report states that China’s current nuclear modernization efforts exceed past modernization efforts in both scale and complexity. It says China is investing heavily to be able to build nuclear weapons from its land, sea and air. China is building the infrastructure necessary for this major expansion of its nuclear forces. China is expanding its nuclear weapons program by building fast breeder reactors and reprocessing facilities to increase its capacity to produce and separate plutonium, the report said.
The report claims that Beijing has significantly accelerated its nuclear expansion program in 2021. The PLA plans to fully modernize it by 2035, the Pentagon report said. If China continues the pace of its nuclear expansion, it will amass a stockpile of about 1,500 warheads by the 2035 deadline. A Pentagon official said the Chinese strategy is to expand and expand its national power to adapt at least some aspects of the international system to its own political system and national interests.