China announced Tuesday that it will continue to “modernize” its nuclear arsenal, calling on the US and Russia to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear warheads, one day after the top five countries pledged to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
“China will continue to modernize its nuclear arsenal for reasons of reliability and safety,” said Fu Cong, director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Arms Control Department, noting that “the United States and China still possess the 90% of the world’s nuclear nuclear warheads They should reduce their nuclear arsenals in legally binding and irrevocable way.
The five nuclear powers have also declared their commitment to the future complete disarmament of nuclear weapons, which were used when the United States bombed Japan at the end of World War II.
But applying this rhetoric to reality will not be easy in light of the escalation of tension between these forces.
International concern is growing over China’s modernization of its military, especially after its military announced last year that it had developed a hypersonic missile. in capable of flying at five times the speed of sound.
The United States has confirmed that China is expanding its nuclear arsenal with nearly 700 warheads by 2027 and possibly 1,000 by 2030.
On Tuesday, China defended its nuclear weapons policy, stressing that the two major nuclear powers, the United States and Russia, should take the first step towards disarmament.
“The United States and China still own 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads. They should reduce their nuclear arsenal. in legally binding and irreversible way, “the director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s arms control department, Fu Cong, told reporters.
He also denounced Washington’s allegations, saying, “As for the US allegations that China is significantly increasing its nuclear capabilities, this is not true.”
“China has always adopted a policy of not using it first and of keeping our nuclear capabilities to the minimum required by our national security,” he said.
“China will continue to modernize its nuclear arsenal for reasons of reliability and safety,” he stressed.
Relations between Beijing and Washington have been strained against the backdrop of several issues, including China’s quest for the reunification of Taiwan ruled in independently, if necessary by force.
Fu dismissed speculation that China might deploy nuclear weapons near the Taiwan Strait, pointing out that “nuclear weapons are the ultimate deterrent, not for war and combat.”
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