According to the U.S.’s latest National Defense Strategy, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is expanding its nuclear forces to target the U.S.
On Thursday, October 27, the U.S. Department of Defense released its National Defense Strategy for 2022. In the paper, the U.S. calls the Chinese regime “the most comprehensive and dangerous challenge to U.S. national security.” It asks political and military officials to “act promptly” to “deepen U.S. deterrence” against it.
Notably, the document says that China is developing new nuclear weapons to threaten the U.S., possibly planning for the first nuclear strike.
China has made its nuclear capabilities more extensive, modern, and diversified.
In the future, China will have more nuclear options, including nuclear coercion and limited first use.
It also wants to set up a nuclear triad, including nuclear missiles launched from land, submarines, or aircraft.
By 2030, China wants to have at least 1,000 ready-to-use warheads.
Experts have long warned that the current U.S. nuclear forces were only enough to handle Russia alone. So China’s nuclear breakout is threatening.
With the military aspect as a whole, China was dramatically making its military more extensive and modern, aiming at the defenses of the U.S. and its allies.
According to its strategy, China has grown and updated almost every part of its military to counter U.S. military advantages.
In addition, China was trying to hurt the U.S. in a systemic and “increasingly aggressive” way. China wants to mold the global order to suit its interests and totalitarian values.
“Acute forms of gray zone coercion” is one of those things. The strategy said the regime was building new foreign bases and signing new security deals to increase its military presence worldwide. The Solomon Islands is one example.