China is rushing to stockpile nuclear weapons that could hit North America, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
The communist nation is reportedly “accelerating” the development of “more than 100 suspected missile silos,” each of which is reportedly capable of harboring nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching U.S. shores, according to the WSJ report. , which quoted anonymous sources familiar with Chinese leadership strategy. (RELATED: ‘There’s no recovery for Hong Kong’: China’s brutal national security law enforcer ready to rule the city)
The silos are reportedly large enough to accommodate China’s state-of-the-art DF-41 long-range missile, the WSJ reported.
The DF-41 is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering up to 10 nuclear warheads, according to a weapons profile from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
While “Fat Man,” the bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, had a yield of about 17 kilotons, the DF-41 is estimated to have a yield of 5,000 kilotons, according to Popular Mechanics.
The “nuclear expansion of the communist nation can destroy the” [People’s Republic of China] to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027,” states a report from the Department of Defense (DOD) in 2021.
By contrast, both the US and Russia possess about 4,000 nuclear warheads, according to the WSJ report.
China’s alleged plan to build ICBMs comes amid heightened tensions between China and the West following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with foreign policy experts such as Nile Gardiner claiming President Joe Biden’s response to China ” encourages” to launch an offensive against Taiwan.
Beijing’s alleged intention to build nuclear weapons may stem from its aim to fend off US military intervention in the region, according to the Wall Street Journal report, with Beijing viewing a robust nuclear arsenal as an effective deterrent to US intervention if China would take Taiwan.
At the same time, Beijing may also reportedly harbor growing fears that the US wants to overthrow the Chinese Communist Party, according to the same report, citing a person with knowledge of China’s leadership strategy.
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