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  • Dragon Week: China’s Nuclear Capabilities

    As Presidents Hu Jintao and Barack Obama meet in Washington, DC, it is important to note that this is different from Cold War era summits, as the United States and China share far more common interests, including economic concerns, than the US and the USSR ever did.

    At the same time, however, it is also important to recognize that there are major security areas that remain of concern, and nuclear weapons is one of those areas. China fields a far smaller nuclear arsenal than the USSR did, but it is in the process of modernizing that force, including new warheads for its land-based forces, and a new ballistic missile submarine.

    China’s new nuclear systems also highlight the reality that the United States is the only nuclear power that does not have an active modernization program—and while improvements at the national laboratories are badly needed, that is hardly the same thing as fielding a new generation of weapons.

    American nuclear forces have been a vital part of preserving the stability of East Asia. They played a key part in ending the Korean War and have been an essential element in preventing the outbreak of a new conflict on the peninsula. They also played a role in preserving the security of Taiwan in the various Taiwan Straits crises. As the US and China seek to work together, it is essential that the American nuclear deterrent remain credible and capable.

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    5 Responses to Dragon Week: China’s Nuclear Capabilities

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    2. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Nuclear deterrence will not help if China occupies Taiwan. It is not necessary for them to physiclly invade Taiwan. They would simply install a puppet regime there.

      If N.Korea launches a missile attack on S.Korea, what will the US do? N.Korea is certainly not intimidated by our nuclear deterrence. It can only be a deterrence if we are willing to use it. I am afraid with the assumption of so much guilt over the use of nuclear bombs against the Japanese, America does not have the will power to use nuclear bombs. As a matter of fact, Obama has already enunciated a policy that the US will not use nuclear force in retaliation over a nuclear attack on us.

    3. Robert, Edmonton Alb says:

      It is absolutely criminal what we have let happen to our nuclear infrastructure and delivery systems industrial base. The complexity of these systems warrant constant attention and upgrades.

      It is time to create a "Nuclear Deterrence Agency" along the lines of the Missile Defense Agency to put in place an independently funded DOD organization that does nothing but ensure the US possesses the most modern and robust deterrent capable of meeting our strategic needs.

    4. LIMERICK IN ARKANSAS says:

      TO SPIRIT OF '76 NH

      I quake at the remark, 'guilt' over use of nukes in WW2. Whose

      guilt? Certainly not mine and I had been in the Navy since mid '43

      and was damned glad to see things brought to an end.

      jl

    5. Gregory H. Bontrager says:

      http://cjonline.com/opinion/2011-09-04/letter-ste

      While the United States slumbers, an insidious assault is being perpetrated against our nation by the People’s Republic of China. As reported by Peter Brookes, of the Heritage Foundation, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkFaiPQ-sJE) the U.S. has become a virtual supermarket of unabated theft of military and commercial technology.

      With our preoccupation with the war on terror this looming superpower, more powerful and deadly than the former Soviet Union, is aggressively seeking to supplant the U.S. as the pre-eminent military and economic power on the globe. Following a policy of appeasement the Obama administration has abysmally failed to protect the American people from the Chinese.

      Why design for yourself when you can steal the best? And steal they do, from nuclear war heads to toaster ovens. According to Brooks, the PRC has 3,500 front companies in the U.S. whose sole purpose is the theft of our technology.

      While Red China plays military and economic hardball, the Obama administration remains oblivious, exposing America to what may be the greatest threat to our national survival in modern history.

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