China Steps Up Nuclear Buildup


US’s wariness about getting directly involved in Ukraine crisis has likely reinforced Beijing’s decision to put greater emphasis on developing nuclear weapons as a deterrent

China has accelerated an expansion of its nuclear arsenal because of a change in its assessment of the threat posed by the US, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the Chinese leadership’s thinking, shedding new light on a buildup that is raising tension between the two countries.

The Chinese nuclear effort long predates Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the US’s wariness about getting directly involved in the war there has likely reinforced Beijing’s decision to put greater emphasis on developing nuclear weapons as a deterrent, some of these people say. Chinese leaders see a stronger nuclear arsenal as a way to deter the US from getting directly involved in a potential conflict over Taiwan.

Read the full report: The Wall Street Journal

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.