Washington urges Beijing to work together on practical risk mitigation measures.
The United States expressed concern about China’s rapid nuclear build-up and called on Beijing to work together to develop “practical measures to reduce the risks of destabilizing arms races.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a regular briefing that China appears to be deviating from the nuclear strategy of minimum deterrence that it has pursued for decades.
Price commented on the Washington Post, which claims China has begun construction of more than 100 new missile silos in the western wilderness of the country.
“These reports and other developments suggest that the PRC’s nuclear arsenal will grow faster and to a higher level than previously expected,” Price said.
“This build-up is worrying. It raises questions about the intentions of the PRC. And for us this underlines the importance of implementing practical measures to reduce nuclear risks, ”he said.
“We urge Beijing to work with us on practical measures to reduce the risks of destabilizing arms races – potentially destabilizing tensions,” Price added.
“The same logic applies to interaction with another nuclear power, China,” he said.