Satellite images show that the three locations are suspected to be China’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases, which can accommodate up to 300 silos.
The August satellite image released by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) yesterday showed that China is making significant progress in the construction of a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile silo (ICBM) in the western desert of the country.
A photo shows the construction process of the silo, including cleaning and installing inflatable tarps to protect the construction work below.
Nuclear experts Matt Korda and Hans Christensen said in a statement: “It is worth noting that the scale and speed of these projects far exceed what Beijing has done on previous rocket wells. “FAS reported, adding that China appears to be building about 300 new silos.
The Chinese government has not yet commented on this news.
Expert Christensen added: “This is China’s unprecedented nuclear construction speed. However, these bases will take many years to build. It is not clear which weapons China will equip and operate. How to operate.”
The news of building a missile base in the western desert of China also worries many U.S. officials. “I can describe the speed of their nuclear and conventional weapons modernization with an astonishing speed. Frankly speaking, that term may not be enough,” Admiral Charles A. Richard, commander of the US Strategic Command, said in August.
Experts say that China seems to be reversing its nuclear doctrine based on the concept of “minimum deterrence”, that is, to keep only the minimum number of warheads to ensure the ability to respond to attacks and the ability to respond to attacks. . Don’t detonate nuclear weapons first.
There are signs that Beijing is turning to the concept of “preemptive strike”, which allows it to counterattack as soon as it learns of a nuclear attack on it, rather than responding to enemy missiles.
The Stockholm Peace Research Institute estimates that China has about 350 nuclear warheads, far below the 5,550 in the United States and 6,255 in Russia.
Observers say that China is expanding its nuclear arsenal, partly because of concerns that the US missile defense system will reduce the effectiveness of its small number of warheads. However, this also hits the hope of a global ban on such weapons, because the arms control structure inherited by the United States and Russia from the Cold War is being eroded.
Under the leadership of President Joe Biden, the United States sought to restart its nuclear arms control agreement with Russia after renewing the new armament treaty. The United States is expected to urge Russia to put pressure on China to join the nuclear arms control treaty because the trilateral arms race is considered “worse” than during the Cold War.
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