China, well known as the communist giant, is raising concerns over its military exercises around Taiwan. The country is conducting a series of aggressive military exercises, and that has increased tensions between China and the United States recently. Moreover, it was unveiled that China is planning to triple its nuclear arsenal, which can be seen as a major threat by defense officials of the US, who are concerned about maintaining peace in the region.
According to the Washington Examiner, during a virtual event on Tuesday, Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman agreed that China is the biggest concern for their interests. They warned about the transformative technologies of artificial intelligence and quantum computing, which may add uncertainty to the balance of power and make the use of WMD (weapons of mass destruction) more complicated, urging China to engage in strategic risk reduction discussions.
Stoltenberg: China's Nuclear Arsenal to Reach 1,500 Warheads by 2035
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China’s aggressive approach towards building its nuclear arsenal by more than tripling the number of nuclear warheads and investing heavily in new capabilities have already started raising concerns. The bigger question that arises is whether China wants to establish a communist regime in Taiwan, which would destabilize peace in the region.
Notably, the Group of 7 foreign ministers issued a statement calling on China to engage in nuclear weapon policies, plans, and capabilities transparency. But the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Wenbin, criticized Japan for characterizing itself as a victim of nuclear explosions and suggests the possibility of nuclear sharing with the US. China’s aggression doesn’t end at the nuclear weapons but also threatens the values that the US and NATO stand by, including democracy and human rights.
The US has been trying to build a strong stance against China, and it’s not going unnoticed. The Chinese response to the US regarding the Taiwan issue is worth remembering in the future since there may be more tension created over the same issue. The United States needs to be proactive and quick to respond to any potential security threat from China.
Source: Conservative Institute