US Sees China's Accelerated Buildup of Nuclear Arms as 'Concerning' - State Dept.
21:25 GMT 01.07.2021 (Updated: 10:08 GMT 07.12.2022)
© AP Photo / Carolyn KasterState Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
© AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is concerned about China's accelerated buildup of its nuclear arsenal, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Thursday.
"These reports and other developments suggest that the PRC's [China] nuclear arsenal will grow more quickly and to a higher level than perhaps previously anticipated," Price said when asked about reports that Beijing is building more than 100 new nuclear missile silos. "This buildup, it is concerning and it raises questions about the PRC's intents."
Price emphasized that China's nuclear buildup reinforces the need for arms control measures and noted that Washington is urging Beijing to work together on arms control to avoid a destabilizing global arms race.
Beijing is deviating from decades of nuclear strategy based around minimum deterrence, Price said.
Satellite images have revealed the construction of at least 119 missile silos in China's Gansu province. China is believed to have an arsenal of 250 to 350 nuclear weapons, according to published reports.