Beijing has developed and approved by President Xi Jinping a plan to build up China’s nuclear potential. It is known that the Chinese intend to bring the total number of nuclear warheads to 900 units.
According to the Kyodo agency, the People’s Liberation Army of China will receive up to 550 nuclear warheads by 2027, and 900 by 2035, when the 100th anniversary of the creation of the country’s armed forces will be celebrated.
Russia and the United States are the only ones in our time who officially possess a full-fledged nuclear triad – intercontinental ballistic missiles, strategic aircraft capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction strikes, and submarines with submarine-launched ballistic missiles, RIA Novosti writes .
The share of Moscow and Washington, according to experts from the Stockholm Institute for Peace Research, by January 2022 accounted for 90% of all stockpiles of nuclear weapons in the world:
Today, Russia has 5,977 nuclear warheads, while the US has 5,428.
Third place is questionable. Previously, it was occupied by France, but the exact number of charges in service with the Fifth Republic is unknown. According to President Emmanuel Macron, there are “less than 300” in service.
So far, there has been no exact data on Chinese nuclear weapons. SIPRI believes that Beijing managed to bypass Paris and make 350 warheads. At the same time, the Pentagon announced back in November 2021 that China had managed to create a full-fledged nuclear triad.
Source : Новые Известия