Report: China Pursuing ‘Substantial Expansion’ of Nuclear Arsenal

Report: China Pursuing ‘Substantial Expansion’ of Nuclear Arsenal

A report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday said China is pursuing a “substantial expansion” of its nuclear arsenal, including the development of new delivery systems and the construction of hundreds of additional missile silos.

“Several additional nuclear warheads are thought to have been assigned to operational forces in 2021 following the delivery of new mobile launchers and a submarine,” SIPRI said of China’s nuclear development.

The report noted that China’s total inventory of warheads did not increase last year, but “the number of stockpiled warheads potentially available for use has changed because new launchers became operational during 2021.”

The Institutes Yearbook 2022 said that all nine nuclear-armed states “continue to modernize their nuclear arsenals,” although the total

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