Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Behind the frequent tensions between the US and China, it turns out that Uncle Sam’s country continues to monitor the development of China’s nuclear technology, which also makes him nervous.
In fact, the Pentagon says the country has been expanding its nuclear arsenal. China is also rumored to have 700 to 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030, a significant increase from last year’s estimate of 400 warheads in the next 10 decades.
“Over the next decade China aims to modernize, diversify and expand its nuclear power,” the Pentagon report said.
The Pentagon says China is now a major U.S. security concern in the future. Moreover, Panda State has promised to build its army, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), into a world -class force by 2049 based on the official state plan.
“By 2027, China aims to have the capability to counter the US military in the Indo-Pacific region and force Taiwan to the negotiating table on Beijing’s terms,” the report said.
“Although China has openly advocated for peaceful unification with Taiwan, it has never renounced the use of military force… China has various options for a military campaign against Taiwan including potential air and sea blockades to full-scale amphibians,” he added.
According to a document, China is investing in and expanding the number of land, sea and air-based nuclear delivery platforms, as well as building the necessary infrastructure to support the massive expansion of its nuclear power.
Not only that, the Bamboo Curtain Country has also begun to build three intercontinental ballistic missile silos facilities. In its development, Beijing is also rumored to develop hypersonic missile facilities.
In a Financial Times report, China successfully tested a hypersonic glide vehicle capable of carrying nuclear weapons a few weeks ago. In launching, they use a vehicle launched from an orbital bombing system.
Even so, this is denied by the Chinese government. Xi Jinping’s government has called the test a test of a spacecraft and not a hypersonic missile.
“According to my understanding, this test is a routine spacecraft test, used to test reusable spacecraft technology,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told Reuters last October.
Citing data from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), China said that China spent around US$ 10 billion in 2020 on nuclear development. This is the second highest number in the world.
Even so, this number is much smaller than the US which is in first position. Pam Sam is believed to have spent $37.4 billion on the development of nuclear weapons in the same year.
Besides China and the US, actually a number of other countries in the world also have nuclear weapons, namely Israel, Russia, Britain, France, China, Pakistan, India, and North Korea (North Korea). According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the entire country currently has a total of 2,000 active nuclear weapons.