Asia-Pacific, China, United States China’s nuclear arsenal is growing. What does that mean for U.S.-China relations?

November 23, 2021
By Fiona S. Cunningham and M. Taylor Fravel | The Washington Post

The Defense Department’s annual report on China’s military power assessed that its nuclear arsenal could quadruple by 2030. Last week’s report also confirmed that China is building three missile-silo fields, which analysts expect to account for a significant increase in the projected warhead stockpile.

China is modernizing, diversifying and expanding its nuclear forces. As James Cameron recently explained here at TMC, over the summer China also reportedly tested an orbital bombardment system with a hypersonic glider vehicle.

Why are these developments happening now, and what do they mean for U.S.-China relations?

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