The Chinese military is preparing to embrace the “nuclear option” to counter “U.S. warmongers.” The “peace-loving” nation seems committed to a dangerous path.
An editorial posted by The Global Times said, “China needs to expand the number of its nuclear warheads to 1,000 in a relatively short time. It needs to have at least 100 Dongfeng-41 strategic missiles. We are a peace-loving nation and have committed to never being the first to use nuclear weapons, but we need a larger nuclear arsenal to curb US strategic ambitions and impulses toward China.”
The editorial went on to call for more nuclear missiles capable of striking the mainland U.S. as a deterrent against any aggression.
Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin said, “We love peace and promise not to use nuclear weapons first, but we need a bigger nuclear arsenal to suppress U.S. strategic ambition and impulse against China.”
Coronavirus may be rampaging around the world but that doesn’t mean other problems have gone away. President Trump may need to begin thinking about what we can do to mitigate China’s nuclear arsenal.
It may be time to once again think about anti-missile systems that would render nuclear weapons obsolete and ineffective. President Trump could cement his legacy as the 21st century Reagan if he can carry out Reagan’s missile defense dreams.
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