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China to Double Nuclear Warhead Stockpile Over Next Decade, US Predicts

By Kyodo News 3 September 2020

WASHINGTON—China is expected to double its stockpile of nuclear warheads, currently estimated to number in the low 200s, over the next decade and is already ahead of the United States in some areas such as shipbuilding and conventional missiles, the US Defense Department said Tuesday.

The latest China military power report to the US Congress, covering developments through the end of 2019, has been released amid a deepening feud between Washington and Beijing on matters ranging from economic to security issues, including Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea and US support for Taiwan.

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