The CCP’s Refusal to Join the U.S. in Arms Talks Intensifies Concerns about China’s Nukes

A nuclear-powered Type 094A Jin-class ballistic missile submarine of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy during a military exercise in the South China Sea in 2018. (Stringer/Reuters)
If China decides to dramatically expand its nuclear forces, it certainly could without warning.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C hina is determined to outmuscle and outmaneuver the United States in every military domain. It would be foolish to base American security strategy on the hope that China’s nuclear arsenal is an area where Beijing is content to maintain a non-threatening force. It’s far too serious a matter to leave to hopes and feelings, and to blindly rely on the words of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) without any evidence.

We know that China maintains the most diverse missile force on the planet. And we know that China has a nuclear-weapons program that it claims is purely for defensive purposes. We

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