NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, during a press conference on Monday, Sept. 6 in Copenhagen, expressed concern over the vast expansion of the Chinese communist regime’s nuclear arsenal, which includes more warheads and a more sophisticated delivery system.
Outlining priorities for global nuclear disarmament at NATO’s annual arms control conference, Stoltenberg said more countries should be included in future missile restraint talks, not just Russia.
Amid concerns that the communist Chinese regime is rapidly developing missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads, Stoltenberg urged Chinese authorities to join international efforts to limit nuclear weapons, AP News reported.
“China’s nuclear arsenal is rapidly expanding with more warheads and more sophisticated delivery systems,” he said. “Moreover, China is building a large number of missile silos, which can significantly increase its nuclear capability.”
“All of this is happening without any limitation or constraint and with a complete lack of transparency,” he added.
He also stressed that the Chinese regime, as a world power, has a special responsibility over all other countries and should respond accordingly.
In late July, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) released a report based on a series of satellite images, reporting a large area near Hami, in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China, where warheads for nuclear missiles are being built. According to the BBC, the site could contain up to 110 warheads.
This latest discovery comes just weeks after a similar report claimed that 120 silos were spotted at a site in Yumen, a desert area about 240 miles (380 km) southeast in Gansu province. The complainants noted that it was in an early stage of development.
The site is nearly 60 miles (97 km) from the city of Hami, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) reportedly holds millions of Uighur Muslims in forced labor camps.
Just as Stoltenberg did, U.S. officials have expressed similar concerns about China’s nuclear stockpile in recent months. In early August, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Beijing, with its rapidly growing nuclear arsenal, “has deviated dramatically from its decades-long implemented nuclear strategy based on minimum deterrence.”
For Republican Congressman Mike Turner, a senior member of the House Strategic Forces Subcommittee, the “unprecedented” warhead builds are a preparation “to threaten the United States and our allies.”
In an official statement, Turner said that given China’s continued unwillingness to engage in arms control negotiations, “it should be cause for concern and condemnation by all responsible nations.”
Stoltenberg also said that emerging technologies, such as autonomous platforms and artificial intelligence, should also be included in future arms control talks, as they can become dangerous tools of mass destruction.
In parallel, Hu Xijin, editor of China’s state-run Global Times newspaper, made a series of controversial statements in which he warned that “We should be prepared for an intense confrontation between China and the United States. The number of China’s nuclear warheads should reach the number that would make the U.S. elites tremble in case they contemplate engaging in a military confrontation with China.”
Despite China’s enormous economic power in the world today, based on the dependence it has managed to generate in many countries with its economy, today the regime is at the center of criticism due to its constant abuse of human rights, its spying tactics, cyber-attacks, oppression against Taiwan and Hong Kong and its role in the coronavirus pandemic, among other things.