CBRN Assessment

China likely to ‘at least double’ its nuclear weapons stockpile by 2030, says US DoD official

02 March 2020

The US Department of Defense (DoD) believes that China will "at least double" the size of its nuclear weapons stockpile over the next 10 years, James H Anderson, who is performing the duties of deputy under secretary of defence for policy at the DoD, said on 27 February.

Speaking before the US House Armed Services Committee alongside two US senior military commanders, the DoD official testified that the move will be part of China's implementation of "the most rapid expansion and diversification of its nuclear arsenal in its history".

"China's nuclear forces include a mix of strategic-range systems capable of striking the US homeland as well as theatre-range forces capable of threatening allies and partners, US bases, and forces in the Indo-Pacific region.

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