China’s Nuclear Buildup a ‘Concern for Global Stability,’ G7 Leaders Warn
Pentagon: China set to quadruple nuclear warheads by 2035.
China’s growing nuclear arsenal is a ‘concern for global stability,’ the Group of Seven (G7) leaders warned on Friday. Beijing is “accelerating build-up of its nuclear arsenal without transparency,” the leaders of seven of the world’s leading economies said at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan.
China’s rapid pace of nuclear buildup has alarmed the U.S. and Western strategic planners. The communist regime is set to quadruple its nuclear arsenal in the next decade, going from an estimated 400 warheads in 2022 to 1500 by 2035, the Pentagon believes.
The statement of the G7 leaders comes as China hold aggressive military exercises aimed at Taiwan, breaching the Taiwanese air defense zone and carrying out live-fire drills. Last month, the Chinese military rehearsed the encirclement of the island nation, which Beijing wants to annex.
The G7, which is currently holding its annual summit in Japan, consists of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. The Associated Press reported Saturday:
Leaders of the world’s most powerful democracies warned China and North Korea against building up their nuclear arsenals, pivoting to major northeast Asian crises ahead of the arrival later Saturday of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The focus on Asia at the Group of Seven summit comes as leaders tighten sanctions meant to punish Moscow and change the course of its 15-month invasion of Ukraine. Japan confirmed that Zelenskyy’s decision to attend the G7 in person stemmed from his “strong wish” to participate in talks that will influence his nation’s defense against Russia. (…)
There is increasing anxiety in Asia that Beijing, which has been steadily building up its nuclear bomb program, could try to seize Taiwan by force, sparking a wider conflict. China claims the self-governing island as its own and regularly sends ships and warplanes near it.
The G7 leaders issued a statement warning that China’s “accelerating build-up of its nuclear arsenal without transparency (or) meaningful dialogue poses a concern to global and regional stability.”
North Korea, which has been testing missiles at a torrid pace in an attempt to perfect a nuclear program meant to target the mainland United States, must completely abandon its nuclear bomb ambitions, the leaders said, “including any further nuclear tests or launches that use ballistic missile technology. North Korea cannot and will never have the status of a nuclear-weapon State under” international nuclear treaties, the statement said.
Under the framework of the Quad alliance, the leaders of te U.S., Australia, Japan, and India also met on the sidelines of the G7 summit. Quad is a U.S.-led four-nation alliance revived by President Donald Trump to counter the Chinese military threat in Indo-Pacific region. Beijing has simmering border disputes with Quad members Japan and India.
China upgrades military, threatens neighbors
With its growing economic clout, Communist China wants to project its military power on a grander scale. China’s Communist Party has ordered sweeping modernization of its armed forces by 2027.
Since President Biden took office, the world has seen a proliferation of nuclear and conventional military build up by regimes hostile to the United State.
Besides North Korea, Russia, too, is scaling up its “infrastructure for its nuclear forces,” media reports confirm. “Russia’s defence minister has said it will focus on nuclear arms infrastructure in 2023, including facilities to accommodate new missile systems,” the UK daily Guardian reported in November 2022. Russia already has an estimated 6000 nuke warheads, far more than the 3750 in the U.S. arsenal.
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The world needs to stand up and say if China attacks Taiwan, that ALL TRADE ends immediately. They need to start preparing for this too.
I disagree. I think China’s ownership of the current U.S. President is the greatest “concern for global stability.”
Other than Taiwan making a lot of our microchips and such, why do we particularly care?
Don’t get me wrong, whatever is bad for China is generally a good thing. I’d be tickled pink if their entire country failed. Still, why should I see this as anything other than a regional issue? Or is China the next big evil empire we have to see as an existential threat?
You don’t say…
Now China is a country I could see going full metal jacket
“Pentagon: China set to quadruple nuclear warheads by 2035.”
“We’re gonna need more drag recruiters.”
China was not aggressive till the US pushed the South China sea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Taiwan is not a member of the UN. It is a territory of China. America took Taiwan out of the UN and the SC in October 1971 when it made Communist China into a SC member. This was during the cultural revolution (1966-76) when Mao was killing millions. Did not bother America then
Taiwan was a SC member since the UN was founded. In 1950 China annexed Tibet, and it was not in the UN. At that time the US could have brought international pressure on China, especially since Taiwan was in the SC. It would have easy to get the UK, France and Russia to vote against Maoist China but it didn’t. It may have to do with that history where Tibet was forced into an agreement with Great Britain at gunpoint back in 1905 under the Lhasa agreement. It removed Tibet from a protective relationship with China. This goes back to the Opium wars