China is expanding nuclear warheads at a “accelerating rate,” with 1,000 by 2030, according to a new China report released after a two-month delay.
Last year, the Pentagon estimated that China’s nuclear arsenal was in the “low-200s” and would more than double over the next decade.
DOD Releases 2021 Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China
The Department of Defense announces the release of its annual report on “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.” The congressionally mandated report serves as an authoritative assessment on military and security developments involving the PRC.
This year’s report provides a baseline assessment of the Department’s top pacing challenge and charts the maturation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The report accounts for the PRC’s evolving national strategy and outlines the strategic objectives driving the PLA’s defense policy and military strategy. It also covers key developments of the PLA’s military modernization and reform, and provides insights into the PRC’s regional and global ambitions.
This includes the PLA developing the capabilities to conduct joint long-range precision strikes across domains, increasingly sophisticated space, counterspace, and cyber capabilities, and accelerating the large-scale expansion of its nuclear forces.