UPDATED 3:30 PM PT – Tuesday, November 29, 2022
A new report detailing China’s nuclear warhead has mounted further concern over the country’s activities.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon released a report claiming that China may have up to 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035 if it continues down its current path.
The military activity around the country heightened following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August.
As of 2021, China was said to have more than 400 warheads. Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder made a comment.
“The challenge here is the more proliferation there is, the more concerning it is, the more destabilizing to the region it is. So certainly, we would want to ensure that from a regional, global, and regional stability standpoint that we can maintain an open dialogue to ensure there’s transparency and that we understand what the intent is behind this,” Ryder said.
Meanwhile, China says they are only open to dialogue if the U.S. reduces their own stockpile level of nukes.