Why Is China Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal?

The Daily

By The New York Times

Why Is China Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal?

Thursday, 29 July

For decades, nuclear weapons did not figure prominently in China’s military planning. However, recent satellite images suggest that the country may be looking to quintuple its nuclear arsenal. 

Why is China changing strategy now?

Guest: David E. Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times. 


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Background reading: 

Is China scrapping its “minimum deterrent” strategy and joining an arms race? Or is it merely looking to create a negotiating card?

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