Growing US fears of China’s nuclear expansion, with plans to stockpile 1,500 warheads by 2035, have been exposed

CHINA’s plans for gargantuan nuclear expansion by 2035 have been revealed in a landmark Pentagon report.

The US Department of Defense has exposed President Xi Jinping’s chilling plan to stockpile horrifying artillery in just over a decade.

President Xi Jinping is pushing ahead with his plans to make China a global superpower

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President Xi Jinping is pushing ahead with his plans to make China a global superpowerPhoto credit: Getty
According to the Pentagon, China should stockpile 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035

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According to the Pentagon, China should stockpile 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035Photo credit: AFP
The US fears the nation is preparing for conflict by beefing up its military and weapons

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The US fears the nation is preparing for conflict by beefing up its military and weaponsCredit: Alamy

The nation’s collection of 400 nuclear warheads continues to multiply — in a fraction of the time the US expected.

Beijing is resolutely stocking up on deadly weapons at a dangerous rate, according to the Pentagon’s annual report.

Officials estimated the country had just over 200 hidden in 2020 and expected the number to double within a decade.

But China has already done so in just two years – and the US fears it could amass a worrying 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035 if it continues to build up its artillery at the current pace.

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The US military’s nuclear arsenal — an estimated 3,800 active-status warheads — would still exceed China’s assumed total.

A senior defense official said the nation appeared to be focused on their “accelerated expansion” to ensure they were ready for war.

According to the report, Beijing conducted 135 ballistic missile tests last year – more than the rest of the world combined.

It has cemented fears that President Xi Jinping is going full steam ahead with his plan to strengthen China’s stance on the global stage.

The Pentagon report suggests the nation is investing money in modern military technology and weapons.

The country’s main goals are to “maintain its sovereignty, security and development interests while emphasizing a greater global role for itself”.

Beijing expects its military to be “world-class” by 2049, suggesting it could be preparing to embark on the warpath.

It is part of the plan to rejuvenate China and transform it into a “great modern socialist country” capable of rivaling the United States.

But US security officials believe that if President Xi’s grand plan works, it will mean the “most consequential and systemic challenge to US national security” in history.

The Pentagon report highlighted that China is slowly adopting a “launch on warning” policy, unlike the US and Russia.

This means the nation would not wait for confirmation of enemy nuclear attacks on its soil before launching counter-strike.

Such hasty decisions will only mean disaster for the world – as they leave no room for error and could trigger unnecessary conflicts.

LAND, SEA AND SKY

The news is sure to set off alarm bells for President Joe Biden as the rival nation ramps up its mission to achieve global dominance.

In addition to its nearly 1 million-strong army, China is also building up its air and naval forces in the western Pacific and Taiwan.

This has reignited fears that they may plan to take back the disputed island by force – by giving them dual access.

But the report calmed concerns as the US is confident an impending invasion is nowhere in sight.

But authorities fear they will instead ramp up economic, diplomatic, political and military pressure on Taiwan first.

China wants to create “the largest navy in the world with a combat force of about 340 platforms, including large surface combatants, submarines, seagoing amphibious ships, mine warfare ships, aircraft carriers and auxiliary fleets.”

They are currently on track to build a fleet of 400 ships in just three years – and another 40 by 2030.

By dwarfing the fortunes of the US military, China hopes to wipe out America without fear of widespread retaliation.

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The huge expansion of the Beijing regime has presented a bleak outlook for Biden over the next decade.

The president previously vowed in a shocking 60 Minutes interview that he would use American troops to defend Taiwan should China invade.

The US expects China to plan because of its nuclear policy change and vast stockpile of deadly weapons

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The US expects China to plot because of its shift in nuclear policy and its vast stockpile of deadly weaponsCredit: EPA
President Xi wants his military to be

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President Xi wants his military to be “world class” by 2049
Analysts fear China will increase its fleet of ships and planes to ensure access to all areas - including Taiwan

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Analysts fear China will increase its fleet of ships and planes to ensure access to all areas – including Taiwan

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