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Sunday, February 04, 2018

China said on Sunday it is "firmly opposed" to the United States' new nuclear weapons policy statement, describing its speculation about Chinese intentions as "wild guesses". Although the review largely focuses on Russia, several sections are dedicated to the lack of transparency in China's nuclear buildup. The report says China has added new types of nuclear capabilities -- ranging from a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile to a new ballistic missile submarine -- "with little to no transparency into its intentions". The report makes "wild guesses" about China's intentions and exaggerates the threat of its nuclear force, defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said in a statement. China is "firmly opposed to this", Ren said.

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China "has always kept its own nuclear forces at the minimum level required by national security", Ren said, pointing out that the US has the world's largest nuclear arsenal. "We hope that the United States will abandon its Cold War mentality."

Since taking office in 2012 President Xi Jinping has pushed for a muscular China, including calls last October to develop a "world-class" military by 2050.

Upgrades to its nuclear arsenal have received less attention, partly because of its small size, estimated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute at just 270 warheads compared to 6,800 for the US.

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Moscow also denounced the "bellicose" and "anti-Russian" nature of the new US nuclear policy, warning it would take necessary measures to ensure its own security.

"From first reading, the confrontational and anti-Russian character of this document leaps out at you," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday in a statement.
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TWEETER-in-Chief is turning this country into a nuclear bulls-eye.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-02-04 06:15 AM | Reply

a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile to a new ballistic missile submarine -- "with little to no transparency into its intentions"

Here's some news for you. Whatever a country chooses to do with it's nukes is no darn business of yours... they don't have to explain themselves to you. 'Lack of transparency' my butt.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-02-04 06:18 AM | Reply

Considering Trump daily bouts with paranoia, "wild guesses" is right in his wheelhouse.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-04 06:54 AM | Reply

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