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US defense experts said that China may have begun building a new missile silo, which indicates that Beijing is seeking faster nuclear construction than previously assumed.
The results of the investigation will raise concerns in the United States that Beijing may abandon its “minimum deterrence” strategy, which means that it will only retain a large enough nuclear arsenal to retaliate for nuclear attacks.
“By mid-May 2022, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army may begin construction of a potential intercontinental ballistic missile silo in Hangjin Banner, Ordos City, Inner Mongolia,” said Roderick Lee, research director of the Chinese Academy of Aeronautics and Astronautics. U.S. Air Force and Space Forces, Write in notes Released on Thursday.
This discovery was determined by nuclear weapons experts The other two Since late June, the large missile silo site can accommodate more than 200 intercontinental ballistic missiles, that is, vehicles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Satellite images recently taken by the European Space Agency show that there are at least 29 silos that match the other two oil fields.
Li said that the number of intercontinental ballistic missile launchers that can be accommodated in the new field and Beijing’s submarine and bomber capabilities mean that “China’s future strategic nuclear delivery system inventory appears to be on par with the United States and Russia.”
General Charles Richard, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, called China accelerates expansion A “strategic breakthrough” in its nuclear capabilities.
“The explosive growth of their nuclear and conventional forces can only be astonishing as I said. Frankly, the word’amazing’ may not be enough,” he said at the Missile Defense Conference.
Despite these concerns, information about China’s nuclear power and strategy remains unclear. Even experts from the People’s Liberation Army’s rocket force, which oversees China’s nuclear arsenal, and those who have conducted semi-official dialogues with Chinese nuclear experts and officials have warned that the lack of transparency makes it difficult to judge new construction methods.
Some defense analysts believe that Beijing may play a “cannonball game” in which the PLA Air Force will move a small number of intercontinental ballistic missiles between air missile silos.
This will make it more difficult to preemptively destroy China’s second-strike capability because the opponent cannot determine the location of the missile.
However, most experts believe that the construction of missile silos reflects China’s increased nuclear capabilities, especially after the People’s Liberation Army began to rapidly modernize its missile forces and Beijing increasingly viewed nuclear weapons as a lever for competition among major powers.