China is rushing to stockpile nuclear weapons that could hit North America, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
The communist nation is reportedly “accelerating” the development of “more than 100 suspected missile silos,” each reportedly capable of housing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching American shores, according to the WSJ report. who cites anonymous sources familiar with Chinese leadership strategy. (RELATED: ‘There is no recovery for Hong Kong’: Enforcers of China’s brutal national security law poised to rule city)
The silos are said to be large enough to house China’s state-of-the-art DF-41 long-range missile, the WSJ reported.
The DF-41 is an ICBM capable of carrying up to 10 nuclear warheads, according to a weapons profile from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
While “Fat Man,” the bomb that the US dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, had a yield of about 17 kilotons, the yield of the DF-41 is estimated at 5,000 kilotons, according to Popular Mechanics.
The communist nation’s nuclear expansion could make this possible [People’s Republic of China] to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027,” according to a 2021 US Department of Defense (DOD) report.
In contrast, both the US and Russia possess around 4,000 warheads, according to the WSJ report.
China’s purported plan to stockpile ICBMs comes amid heightened tensions between China and the West after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with foreign policy pundits like Nile Gardiner claiming that President Joe Biden’s response is “encouraging” China to launch an offensive against Taiwan .
Beijing’s purported intention to stockpile nuclear weapons may be based on the goal of deterring US military intervention in the region, according to the Wall Street Journal report, with Beijing possibly viewing a robust nuclear arsenal as an effective deterrent to US intervention should China intervene should Taiwan.
At the same time, Beijing could allegedly also be harboring growing fears that the US is aiming to overthrow the Chinese Communist Party, citing a person with knowledge of Chinese leadership strategy, according to the same report.
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