CHINA MOUTHPIECE WANTS STRONG NUKE DETERRENT VS U.S. THREATS
China has been urged by Zhang Hui of Global Times, an adjunct of the People’s Daily to build up its nuclear deterrence against US threats, deploying DF-41 ballistic missiles in submarines and increasing the number of its nuclear weapons to stop the US from entertaining any idea of attacking China, as was planned in 1958.
Recently, China launched three warships in Hainan, including a nuclear-capable submarine. China is not known to have nuclear-powered submarines and has only two new aircraft carriers since Liaoning was a Soviet-era vessel rescued from a junkyard.
Its warplanes are basically copies of Russian jets, with China claiming improvements after replacing the engines, an act that Russians considered a mistake.
Following China’s occupation of seven underwater features in the South China Sea (SCS) and their transformation into naval bases and airstrips after laying claim to nearly 90% of the SCS, the US intensified its freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) in the waterway, hindering China’s hegemony and confronting its bluff to enforce its “sovereignty” over reefs, shoals and cays thousands of kilometers away from Hainan, the nearest Chinese territory.
China’s aggressiveness has been cited as a reason for the increase in the US defense budget and the formation of a bigger military alliance in the Indo-Pacific area.
Zhang claims that many Asian countries would not allow themselves to be dragged into the US-China conflict and only Australia is willing to host US forces but could not explain why the Chinese navy and air force are not welcome in many Asian countries.
Quoting Chinese military experts, Zhang said “having a nuclear arsenal appropriate to China's position will help safeguard national security, sovereignty, and development interests and establish a more stable and peaceful world order, which will be beneficial for the world.”
He said the US would buy ships and jets and develop and test hypersonic weapons and other "next-generation" weapons systems to build capabilities to counter Russia and China. The total national security budget will be $753 billion, a 1.7 percent increase over the 2021 figure.