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China Sending Nuclear-Armed Subs Into Pacific Amid Tensions With US

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China is about to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force leaving them with no choice.

Beijing points out that the US plans to station the Thaad anti-ballistic system in South Korea and develop of hypersonic glide missiles potentially capable of hitting China less than an hour after being launched.

The Guardian reports:

Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but insist the move is inevitable.

They point to plans unveiled in March to station the US Thaad anti-ballistic system in South Korea, and the development of hypersonic glide missiles potentially capable of hitting China less than an hour after launch, as huge threats to the effectiveness of its land-based deterrent force.

A recent Pentagon report to Congress predicted that “China will probably conduct its first nuclear deterrence patrol sometime in 2016”, though top US officers have made such predictions before.

China has been working on ballistic missile submarine technology for more than three decades, but actual deployment has been put off by technical failures, institutional rivalry and policy decisions.

Until now, Beijing has pursued a cautious deterrence policy, declaring it would never be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict and storing its warheads and its missiles separately, both strictly under the control of the top leadership.

Deploying nuclear-armed submarines would have far-reaching implications.

Warheads and missiles would be put together and handed over to the navy, allowing a nuclear weapon to be launched much faster if such a decision was taken. The start of Chinese missile patrols could further destabilise the already tense strategic standoff with the US in the South China Sea.

  • Dan Jones

    China + Russia + Iran = Goodbye America

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.

    • gmatch

      A few nukes on the homeland and the Yankees will stay home forever.

  • YungYah Ben Ammin

    FIRST OF ALL I UNDERSTAND YOUR ISSUES THAT YOU (CHINA) HAVE WITH THE DICTATORSHIP OF YOUR WORLD.
    I FEEL YOU, BUT IF YOU BITCHES EVEN LOOK AT THE RED BUTTON. ALL MY PEOPLE GONNA BURY YOU BITCHES.
    IM OVER HERE. GET YO HEAD OUT YOUR ASSES. “AND LAY OFF THE DOG MEAT”
    DON’T EAT YOURSELF TOO LONG YOU MIGHT EXOLODE. MOABITE DEMONS.
    “SHUT THE FUCK UP”. WOLFS

  • Ozziejorge

    VERY easy answer to most of the world’s problems

    YANKEE GO HOME !!

    NOW!!

  • NEVER SAY DIE

    Has Donald Trump made any public
    comments on this matter so far?
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