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China plans to triple nuclear warheads to 900 by 2035: Report

Tokyo [Japan], February 12 (ANI): China is mulling tripling its stockpile of nuclear warheads to 900 by 2035, as tensions with the United States are anticipated to extend additional over Taiwan, Kyodo News reported citing a supply near the matter on Saturday.

The blueprint, ready by the People’s Liberation Army, has been authorized by Chinese President Xi Jinping, head of the army, who has been desperate to strengthen Beijing’s deterrence towards Washington, the report stated citing Chinese sources.

As the Chinese Communist Party has been strengthening the nation’s army capabilities, the United States in 2022 stated that Beijing is on its strategy to rising its stockpile of nuclear warheads to 1,500 by 2035 when it goals to finish the modernization of its army.

Some international affairs specialists have claimed that China might abandon its “no first use” if it achieves the aim of modernizing its army, as per the Kyodo News report.

In November, the Chinese army’s high physique spoke concerning the significance of deadly capabilities, analyzing that Russia’s robust nuclear deterrence has stopped a head-on contest between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Moscow regardless of its offensive towards Ukraine, Kyodo News reported citing sources.

The nuclear warheads held by China is prone to enhance to 550 in 2027, which is the a centesimal anniversary of the muse of the nation’s armed forces and to 900 in 2035, the sources stated as per the news report.

Russia possesses 5,977 nuclear warheads, whereas the United States has 5,428 nuclear warheads, Kyodo News report citing figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, as per the news report.

The ties between China and US have been strained, particularly after former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August, as per the Kyodo News report.

There have been rising fears that Taiwan would possibly turn out to be a army flash level within the Asia Pacific area within the close to future as China considers the island as a part of its territory. China and Taiwan have been ruled individually since they break up in 1949 on account of civil battle.

On February 4, US President Joe Biden stated {that a} Chinese balloon has been shot down efficiently. Speaking to reporters in Maryland, he stated that the ordered the Pentagon to shoot the balloon “as soon as possible.””On Wednesday, when I was briefed on the balloon, I ordered the Pentagon to shoot it down, on Wednesday, as soon as possible. They decided without doing damage to anyone on the ground. They decided that the best time to do that was as it got over water, outside and within the 12-mile limit.””They successfully took it down. And I want to compliment our aviators who did it. And we’ll have more to report on this a little later,” he additional added.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin in a press release on Saturday (native time) stated that US fighter plane assigned to US Northern Command efficiently shot down the high-altitude surveillance balloon belonging to China over the water off the coast of South Carolina in US airspace.

Lloyd Austin stated that the balloon which was utilized by China in an try and surveil strategic websites within the continental US was shot down above US territorial waters. A US Air Force fighter safely shot down a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon, the US Defence Department stated in a press release. (ANI)