Washington calls on Beijing to engage on practical risk reduction measures.
The United States has expressed concern over China’s rapid nuclear build-up and urged Beijing to engage to develop “practical measures to reduce the risks of a destabilizing arms race.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price told a regular briefing that China appears to be deviating from the minimal nuclear deterrence strategy it has pursued for decades.
Price commented on a Washington Post story that claims China has begun building more than 100 new missile launch silos in desert terrain in the western part of the country.
“These reports and other developments suggest that China’s nuclear arsenal will grow faster and to a higher level than previously expected,” Price said.
“This buildup is troubling. It raises questions about the PRC’s intentions. And for us, it underscores the importance of implementing practical measures to reduce nuclear risks,” he said.
“We encourage Beijing to engage with us in terms of practical measures to reduce the risks of destabilizing arms races of potentially destabilizing tensions,” Price added.
According to Price, this is why President Joe Biden prioritized strategic stability during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The same logic applies to interaction with the other nuclear power, the PRC,” he said.