US military nuclear chief sounds alarm over pace of China’s nukes program

CNN— The commander of US Strategic Command, which oversees the US nuclear weapons program, has warned that China is developing nuclear weapons much faster than the US and called the issue a “short-term problem,” when from a speech at a closed-door event earlier this week. While Pentagon officials have been sounding the alarm over China’s military buildup and nuclear weapons development for years, Richard’s comments paint the situation as more dire than other officials have said. publicly. “As I assess our level of deterrence against China, the ship is slowly sinking,” Admiral Charles Richard said. “It’s flowing slowly, but it’s flowing, because basically they’re putting ability on the pitch faster than us. Richard called the development of China’s nuclear weapons program a “short-term problem.” “As these curves continue, no matter how good our [operating plan] is or how good our commanders are, or how good our forces are – we won’t have enough. And that’s a very short-term problem. Richard made the comments while speaking at the Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium on Wednesday. The event was closed to the public, but Richard’s comments were published in a Ministry of Defense news article on Friday. The Biden administration has consistently called China the United States’ main global competitor and warned against the country’s development of its military and nuclear weapons program in a series of policy documents explaining defense and military strategy. of the United States published at the end of October. China is the United States’ “stimulus challenge” because it is “the only competitor with both the intention and increasingly the ability to systematically challenge the United States on all levels, militarily, economically, technologically and diplomatically,” a senior defense official said of the strategy. . China “probably intends to have at least 1,000 deliverable warheads by the end of the decade,” the Nuclear Posture Review, one of the policy papers, said of China’s nuclear weapons program. China. Richard warned against China’s nuclear development in 2021, calling their program a “strategic breakthrough”. “We are seeing a strategic breakthrough from China. The explosive growth and modernization of its nuclear and conventional forces can only be what I describe as breathtaking, and, frankly, that word breathtaking may not be enough,” Richard said in 2021. Not all news on the site expresses not the view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.


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