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Hans Christenson, who has been monitoring the nuclear power of the US, Russia and China for a long time, said that it appears that China is rapidly working towards developing the capability to launch new nuclear missiles from underground silos, so that it Immediate action in the event of a nuclear attack.
Christenson said the photos indicate that China is preparing to counter a growing threat from the US. Explain that the US has been citing China’s nuclear modernization to justify spending hundreds of billions of dollars over the next two decades to build its new nuclear arsenal.
However, at the present time there is no indication on the basis of which it can be said that America and China are moving towards armed struggle. However, Christenson’s report comes at a time when tensions between the US and China have increased over a wide range of matters ranging from trade to national security.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon declined to comment on Christenson’s analysis. But it said in its annual report on Chinese military development last summer that China was working towards increasing the readiness of its nuclear forces.
‘Federation of American Scientists’ analyst Christenson said satellite images he received showed that China began building 11 underground silos at the end of last year in a large missile training range near Geelantai in north-central China. Construction of five other silos began earlier.
Apart from the 16 silos that Christensen has marked, China also has 18 to 20 silos, which he operates with the old ICBM DF-5.
However, he underlined that even if China doubles or triples its ICBM silos, their numbers will still be modest compared to the ICBM silos of the US and Russia. Christenson said that the US Air Force has 450 silos and Russia has 130 silos.