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China’s Belligerence Is Going Nuclear

AMAC Exclusive – by Aaron Kliegman

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As the eyes of the world continue to remain locked on the disaster unfolding in Afghanistan, China continues to prepare for war at an alarming rate.

This month, the U.S. Army released a report detailing how China has enhanced the range and accuracy of its ballistic missiles. The range of the DF-11, the most widely deployed short-range ballistic missile of the Chinese military’s Rocket Force, has more than doubled, and its precision has improved significantly. The newer DF-15/16 missile, meanwhile, has also undergone similar improvements.

Crucially, both missiles can employ conventional and nuclear warheads. This is especially troubling given the rapid modernization of China’s nuclear weapons. Indeed, China is making its nuclear arsenal larger, deadlier, and more accurate. The increasingly sophisticated missiles to carry these warheads have also made the People’s Liberation Army all the more capable — and threatening.

Beyond simply increasing the effectiveness of their weaponry, evidence has emerged over the last two months that China is expanding its arsenal of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) on a scale far beyond what experts and government officials expected.

In late June, researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California obtained commercial satellite images showing Chinese construction of what appears to be 120 new silos for ICBMs in the desert near the northwestern city of Yumen.

A few weeks later, nuclear experts at the Federation of American Scientists discovered through satellite imagery that China is building what appears to be a second field of silos for launching nuclear missiles. This field, which is in a much earlier stage of development, may eventually include about 110 silos and is located in the desert near the city of Hami in eastern Xinjiang — the same region where China is committing genocide against the Uyghurs.

And just two weeks ago, the Washington Times revealed that US intelligence has identified a third Chinese missile silo field under construction.

Adm. Charles Richard, the commander of US Strategic Command, said earlier this month that the construction amounts to an “explosive” expansion of China’s nuclear capabilities. “We are witnessing a strategic breakout by China,” he also said at a conference on missile defense. “The explosive growth in their nuclear and conventional forces can only be what I described as breathtaking … frankly, that word ‘breathtaking’ may not be enough.”

Even more concerning, Richard told the Senate Armed Services Committee in April that he ordered all briefs on China’s nuclear weapons to contain no intelligence vetted more than one month earlier “because it’s probably out of date” that quickly. “I can’t get through a week right now without finding out something we didn’t know about China,” he said.

The admiral explained that China is capable of accurately deploying nuclear weapons anywhere within its region and “will soon be able to do so at intercontinental range.” Plus, he added, there are indications that the Chinese military has moved some of its nuclear forces from a peace-time status to a “launch-on-warning” and “high-alert” status, meaning weapons are armed for launch as soon as Beijing detects an incoming enemy missile. 

Richard’s testimony came days after the American intelligence community wrote in its annual threat assessment that China “will continue the most rapid expansion and platform diversification of its nuclear arsenal in its history, intending to at least double the size of its nuclear stockpile during the next decade and to field a nuclear triad.” A nuclear triad refers to a country’s capability to field nuclear missiles that can be launched from land, submarines, or aircraft.

Even the diplomats are worried. A State Department press release recently said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken “also noted deep concern with the rapid growth of [China’s] nuclear arsenal,” and that the buildup “highlights how Beijing has sharply deviated from its decades-old nuclear strategy based on minimum deterrence.”

Some analysts say not to worry about this rapid modernization because China has far fewer nuclear weapons than the U.S. They are sorely mistaken. 

Indeed, we don’t actually know how many nuclear weapons China has. Recent assessments put the figure anywhere from the low 200s to about 350, while the U.S. has an estimated 3,800 warheads (less than half of which are deployed while the rest remain in storage). But the common estimates for China appear implausible considering the Defense Intelligence Agency reported in 1984 that China had between 150 and 160 nuclear warheads. It seems unlikely that China has expanded its arsenal so little over the past 37 years as they have become exponentially richer, more powerful, and more militarily aggressive. 

Moreover, Russian and Taiwanese estimates put the Chinese nuclear arsenal at anywhere from 450 to 1,800 weapons — along with enough fissile material for potentially thousands more.

Regardless of size, however, Beijing is building a “larger and increasingly capable nuclear missile force that is more survivable, more diverse, and on higher alert than in the past,” to quote the intelligence community’s threat assessment. Not to mention the fact that their missiles will be more accurate and more deadly than ever before.

Moreover, the Chinese military is developing a greater ability to survive a massive nuclear attack and respond with a massive nuclear attack of its own. This means China would effectively achieve a form of nuclear parity with the U.S., even with far fewer warheads, in a situation reminiscent of the arms race with the Soviet Union in the 20th Century.

Ultimately, however, what makes China’s nuclear modernization so dangerous is that they consistently refuse even to entertain any discussions about arms control. To quote the intelligence community’s threat assessment once again, “Beijing is not interested in arms control agreements that restrict its modernization plans and will not agree to substantive negotiations that lock in US or Russian nuclear advantages.” This attitude dates back decades, to the days of the Cold War.

Combine aggression with opacity and a refusal to engage in constructive dialogue, and the result is a toxic brew that should alarm American officials.

Of course, undergirding all this nuclear activity is China’s not-so-secret intention to displace America as the world’s most powerful country. China is building up its nuclear forces and other military capabilities to deter and prepare for war against the U.S. and American allies.

In response, the U.S. has no choice but to address the Chinese nuclear threat by following through on modernizing its own nuclear forces. To protect American interests at home and abroad, Washington must ensure the United States’ nuclear posture toward Beijing is clear and forceful.

The Chinese are no longer trying to hide their belligerence or their global ambitions. They think this is their century and they are on the march. Much like the Cold War, the U.S.-China rivalry will determine the fate of the free world, and nuclear weapons will play an important role, casting an ominous shadow across the entire geopolitical chessboard.

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Charles Nolan
2 months ago

I hope that our military will detect Chinese preparations for war, and wipe them away in a massive first strike. One US warhead could destroy anyone of these missile fields. If we lose a few major liberal cities, which are in very poor shape, we may be better off without them.

Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Nolan

I’d love to see a first strike but remember the screwball we have as president…. We are in real danger Will Robinson….

BAE
2 months ago

Our stupid and foolish politicians are going to take the US to slaughter. Silly Pelosi and Schumer are going to waste TIME and MONEY on January 6th event. What fools they are to ignore the real enemy.

Karen
2 months ago

Why doesn’t this surprise me? Joey opened the gates for China, Russia, Iran, No. Korea to rush right in. Thanks a lot Mr. Joey Boobhead. Hope you go first.

Rich
2 months ago

Here’s a news flash for Joe and the crew. China is NOT our friend. I pray that we will NEVER face a nuclear attack. If we do however, I hope the first missle hits Washington D.C.. I would NEVER want to see ANY of my fellow Americans die, but Washington would be the most logical target. I only hope and pray that whoever is in control would retaliate (if they are able) and not sit around dumbfounded trying to decide what to do. America is in a very dangerous place right now. Only God can save us.

Eddie Van Halen
2 months ago

The yellow dogs are going to take us into a nuclear war. I’m telling you.

Ruth A Lance
2 months ago

Read Revelation in the bible.

Enuf Said
2 months ago

If you were China, would you entertain ANY discussions with Joe Biden? Why, of course NOT!! He would NOT know what you are talking about anyway, NOR would he care–just don’t bother him as he needs his naps!!

Margaret
2 months ago

As soon as O’biden stole the 11/03/21 election, we lost the war with China. They are going to keep steeling everything from the US. Jobs, purchasing power, etc. The Congress has sold out to China as much as O’biden. Now everyone that voted for Trump is sick with Covid or some sort, thanks to O’bidens open boarder policies. This alone will change the radical racism in America. I grew up next to a mexican family in Calif. Very nice hard working people. Great neighbors. Now 70 years later we could not be neighbors. That is the legacy of the Democrat Party: HATRED! Our KIDS hate everyone. Are untrusting of their elders. So I gues it is time to die and leave the mess for the kids to figure out. That is Obiden, Pelosi, AOC and Squad legacy You can try to learn Chines. They will never see you as any thing but inferior. The Chinese are the most RACIST society on earth except the middle east. This next year and a half are going to be trying times.

Jerry L
2 months ago

So, should we start learning to speak Chinese so we can communicate with our new masters? Or shall we just continue to get their orders thru our own “government”? They should probably know, I make a pretty grumpy subject.

Gads, could it get any worse? Don’t answer that. We all know it can. But our opportunity to stop it is getting slimmer every day.

Charles Nolan
2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry L

Forget learning Chinese, they execute people who demand freedom. Never forget the martyrs of Tienanmen Square.

Bill
2 months ago

Not to worry! joe and his democrats will just hand the USA over to china..

Lorey
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

They already did

Phillip
2 months ago

Well, it’s in God’s hands, now. I don’t think even Trump could rein in China at this point.

Enuf Said
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip

Yes, and I am sure some of Joshua’s men had doubts about bringing down the enemies walls, but then the Bible tells us how that ended!!

Ralph S
2 months ago

Not to worry! When Joe’s pals in the CCP light up DC with their ICBM’s all our problems with the Swamp and the “Green New Deal” will be over.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Ralph S

Yes, a lot of good that “green new deal” will do us then!

Eddie Van Halen
2 months ago

“They” need to be hit / wiped out first. Patton said that we would have to fight the yellow dogs sooner or later. Do it now.

Denise
2 months ago

What a surprise…not. We have a fraudulent, bumbling mental incompetent in the White House who just consigned only our Lord knows how many American citizens to death along with their families and our allies. One bright spot is there are many determined, selfless and brave Americans risking their own lives to help these people escape.
But of course the admission has been made that many of the Afghani’s who did come to our country “have not been vetted”…some to New Mexico and many to El Paso…how convenient, they don’t have to bother with our non-existent border.
Our nation is in the worst peril it’s ever been in since it’s beginning and with the lack of citizen involvement in our government by citizens to busy and forgetting the One Who established this country, the words of Samuel Adams have taken on a more frightening meaning: “When a nation forgets it’s God, tyrants soon forge it’s chains.” Ben Franklin when asked what was the best form of government replied: “A Republic if you can keep it.”…we the people have failed.
There is a part in the Constitution that’s been ignored, and we’re paying for it, “A government OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE.”

Mario Capparuccini
2 months ago
Reply to  Denise

Well written! John Adams stated that our constitution was written for the governance of a moral people. It was not suited for the governance of any other people. Yes, we the people have failed.

John Bonds
2 months ago

China is considering invading Taiwan as you read this. They know all they have to do is tell Biden he has a time limit to remove American troops and he will comply. They pretty much can do what they want under the present administration.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  John Bonds

China has been preparing for years, now it is at a time for them to go forward because the response won’t even be saber rattling from the current administration. The USA has never officially recognized Taiwan as a sovereign nation.

Gen. Patton
2 months ago

Yeah, China has Biden on their payroll, and he states, they are nice folk, not our enemy???

David
2 months ago
Reply to  Gen. Patton

When he says our enemies are his friends that makes him our enemy.

johnh
2 months ago

New Zealand news today: Islam terrorist stabs 6-people & police shoot him within 60-seconds. If this happens in USA, the police are scrutinized & probably sued by some lawyers. The USA must start backing our police force & obey the laws instead of breaking laws. I salute NZ police quick actions.

Jeanne
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Exactly!

Jesse Tiede
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

I salute ANY police officer, or organization that upholds the laws they are charged to LEGALLY enforce, without prejudice or denying any Civil Rights to the accused or suspected. If, or when, such Civil Rights are violated, either by accident or design, the responsible officer needs to be disciplined by whatever means necessary to alleviate the discrepancy…

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesse Tiede

Our ignorant legal system would want to capture the alleged assailant and try to find out why he killed innocent citizens. You wouldn’t want to violate his civil rights would you? Then send him to a mental institution for the rest of his life. Another PRIME example of why we CANNOT allow our “government” to take our firearms. Plus, if there ever is a war, we will need them to hunt with.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago

Based on the current leadership in DC or lack thereof, It believe it is safe to say China believes they can take America to lunch at will…They most certainty have taken our northern neighbors to lunch, i.e. China owns & operates Canada, our immediate next-door neighbor…Going back now to at least the ’70’s China’s business acumen has far outpaced the US, especially in the EXPORT business…
Trump begins bringing US corps. back home through tax incentives & other things that were advantageous for them to return home only to lose them through the JRB’s cruel taxation policies on corporate America, once again some have gone back to Mexico as well…
China STEALS our technology & reverse engineers so much of it, i.e. look at some of their aircraft, you would swear it was Made in America…China potentially is extremely dangerous left unchecked.
Take a look at America’s current potus & his behavior towards China, that is most chilling & worst still is our WOKE military commanders in some of our military. This is the scary part currently in light of the ( 2 ) 100% WOKE Joint Chiefs of Staff generals sitting in the Pentagon. Milley’s take on Marxism, Communism, socialism & other woke ideologies as explained by himself should be troubling to anyone who has had the displeasure of listening to this man, clearly something is NOT right inside this man’s mind…
Look what is happening to our nation in rapid fashion I might add.
With the STOLEN 2020 election & the STOLEN Georgia general election allowed to stand as is, America has fallen down a spiral hole we can’t seem to get out ourselves out of…The enemy is at the gates & that enemy is the subject matter of the above article…
Lest we forget, China INTERFERED in the United States 2020 elections & as yet, they have NOT been held to account. By definition, it was & continues to be an act of war committed against America…
God bless America,
Bill on the Hill… :~)

PaulE
2 months ago

HI Bill,

Good post. Here are my comments on it:

“With the STOLEN 2020 election & the STOLEN Georgia general election allowed to stand as is, America has fallen down a spiral hole we can’t seem to get out ourselves out of…” We the American people allowed it to stand after it became quite apparent that the judicial system refused to actually hear any challenges to it, all the way up to and including the Supreme Court, and the executive law and order leadership of both the AG and FBI refused to even do anything approaching a cursory investigation of the matter. When the system so utterly fails, under the Constitution it falls to the People to defend their rights and freedoms from being stripped away when the government no longer functions properly. Unfortunately, the over-whelming response of the People after the Supreme Court hid behind closed and locked doors in December was to do nothing. Same hold true after the exact same processes were used to steal the two Senate seats in Georgia in January. The Democrats just repeated the same process as November 3rd and achieved the same results in January. What did anyone honestly think would happen when the Georgia Legislature refused to do anything between the two elections to tighten the rules to prevent voter fraud? Again, the People just rolled over and accepted it. So if the American people won’t stand up for themselves, they are stuck with the consequences. If we can’t or won’t even hold the Democrat party accountable for their actions surrounding November 3rd, what makes anyone think we would ever be able to hold China accountable for anything?

Everything that has flowed forth since then has been the direct consequence of the People allowing the fraud of November 3rd to stand. From the open border crisis to the end of our energy independence to the Afghan debacle to the U.S. and China quickly returning to business as usual. Where the U.S. once again resumes the role of idiotic patsy, while the CCP systematically expands their global reach and influence and diminishes ours through a combination of bribery or theft.

As I’ve said here more than a few times, a country where its people are unwilling to stand up and protect their rights and freedoms from those that seek to take them all away is a country where those rights and freedoms will soon be stripped away. That has been proven throughout history time and time again. We, for some insane reason in this country, seem to think the United States is immune from experiencing that outcome. Of course we’re not, if we continue to act in our current fashion.

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Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Great comments from Bill and Paul. I think though that the “spiral hole” will be a “Black Hole” where there will be NO RETURN for America.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

When people think right is wrong and wrong is right, there’s not much hope left. Except through God’s plan.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Rich

The Lord stated that the times would become like that of Noah.s and it is going that way.

Rik
2 months ago

Fear not People, we’ll soon have a “New” diplomat with previous ties to dealing with China and his name is Hunter Biden!

Eddie
2 months ago
Reply to  Rik

Time to invest in Chinese whorehouses,hunter is coming!

Phillip
2 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

Now that’s funny. Gallows humor, but funny, nonetheless.

Art
2 months ago

MILITARILY OR MONETARILY OR BOTH === WHOMEVER HAS THE MOST TOYS WINS. CHINA WANTS AND NEEDS TO WIN. THE U.S. CAN’T HAVE BEEN THAT UNKNOWING OF THE SITUATION. HAVE WE JUST IGNORED IT??? ARE WE ACTUALLY READILY ACCEPTING OUR OWN DEMISE???? WE JUST GO ON AND ON ABOUT CRT,CLIMATE CHANGE,AND TAXING THE BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE THOSE OF OVER $400,000 INCOME. ROCK ON AMAC!!! GAG ME WITH A BARFY TOWLEL. OOPS. SORRY FOR THAT ONE.

Tish
2 months ago
Reply to  Art

WE haven’t ignored it ~ Trump was on top of everything they’re doing. This moronic regime is too weak to stand up to the chicoms ~ probably because they’re getting huge dividends to stay out of things.

Jeanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Tish

They see a weak old man struggling and a psycho trying to pretend to lead. Sick and stupid. They probably think they can take over or nuke us. Better wise up people. There needs to be a change one way or the other. The election was a coup and anyone who thinks it was legit is off the chain nuts.

CPOBill
2 months ago

Its past time for the Second Coming!

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  CPOBill

Don’t fret, it will be here soon.

Don Pierce
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

Better read the bible, there is a lot more going to happen before the “Second Coming,”

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Don Pierce

Oh yes, things will continue to go down hill, but prosperity will rear its head, people will forget, and then the Lord will show up when no one is expecting. I am ready every day.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  CPOBill

It’s time for the American people to get off their a$$es and stand up for themselves and the country. All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.

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