Chinese nuclear weapon growth stuns US, Russia

The growth of China’s nuclear capabilities has threatened the United States and Russia with the potential of its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), equipped on the country’s latest guided missile nuclear submarine Type 094, to strike US coastal regions, reports Sina’s military news portal.

It is China’s first reliable submarine-launched nuclear intimidation measure and the first time that “China’s nuclear arsenal will be invulnerable to a first strike,” said Nicolas Giacometti, an independent strategist who has written analysis for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The country has solidified its ability to retaliate with nuclear force on the submarine.

On land, more trouble for the US on the move in the form of China’s mobile ballistic missiles. The weapon is extremely difficult to detect since it can be launched from a wide range of areas, including highways. Washington was stunned when China launched its first mobile ballistic missile in September, a move that put China’s nuclear capabilities in competition with Russia and the US and proved that Beijing now has the ability to counterstrike invaders with nuclear weapons. The US government has attempted to monitor mobile ballistic missiles around the world, 24 hours a day, for years to no avail. It plans to launch 21 satellites between 2015 and 2020 in attempt to reach this target.

Full article: Chinese nuclear weapon growth stuns US, Russia (Want China Times)

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