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Text In August and September 2003, the Russian and Chinese navies held large independent exercises in the Pacific, both coincidentally designed to, Simulate sinking aggressive American carrier battle groups. No prizes for guessing the name of the principal weapon system selected for this challenging task. During September, the Chinese missile destroyer Fuzhou fired a Sunburn with a practice warhead, which high-speed cameras then recorded striking the center of the white cross on the hull of the target vessel, located more than 60 nautical miles away from the firing point. Terminal attack profile was Mach 2.05 at an altitude of 22 feet.
Originally posted by jetsetter
They already have a few. I beleive about 20.
The US has assured Taiwan that it will not compromise Washington's commitments to Taiwan to gain China's support and cooperation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear threat, Taiwan's top man in Washington says
An anonymous poster (firstname.lastname@example.org) sent an internal document of the Chinese Defense Ministry to the Hong Kong magazine The Trend (Dong Xiang). This document reveals that China at present has a total of 2,350 nuclear warheads. This number i s about 8 times larger than the 300 generally cited in the Western media. Among the 2,350 warheads are about 550 tactical nukes and 1,800 strategic nukes. The document also reveals that the annual production of warheads was about 110-120 i n the 1980's and about 140-150 at present.
We tend to overlook China because it has opted to keep an arsenal of only about 20 single-warhead missiles that can reach the US and because it is not a party to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. China has the resources and the technical know-how to be a much larger nuclear power, perhaps deploying as many as 1,000 warheads on single- and multiple-warhead missiles. What China lacks today is the strategic motivation for a large nuclear buildup. Whether its motivation will change will depend on the nature of its strategic relationship with the US, which will be characterized by issues such as trade and Taiwan, not just missile defence