China is expected to triple its arsenal of nuclear warheads to 1,500 by the year 2035, according to a Pentagon annual report on the country s military that also highlighted its growing submarine capabilities and designs on self-ruled Taiwan.
The report, which mainly focused on the China military last year, warned that Beijing was aiming to transform the PLA into a more credible military tool by 2027 as it pursues Taiwan unification, while the U.S. Defense Department called the 2020 a decisive decade for the development of the People's Liberation Army. This year's report, which states that Beijing probably accelerated its nuclear expansion in 2021, comes amid growing U.S. concerns over China's ongoing nuclear buildup. It said that China's stock of nuclear warheads had risen above 400 in 2021, a double of the estimated 200+ in last year s report, and that Beijing will likely have a stockpile of about 1,500 warheads by the year 2035.
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