China denies US report that it’s rapidly growing its nuclear arms

According to Fu Cong, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's arms control department, Beijing is working to make sure that its nuclear capability attains the bare minimum level required for national defense

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According to a senior Chinese arms control official on Tuesday, his administration is not constantly developing its nuclear arsenal, though he did admit that the country is taking steps to revitalize its nuclear arsenal.

According to Fu Cong, China’s director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s arms control department, Beijing is working to make sure that its nuclear capability attains the bare minimum level required for national defense.

At a press briefing in Beijing, he said,

First and foremost, let me state categorically that the assertions made by U.S. officials that China is dramatically expanding its nuclear capabilities are untrue.

The news meeting was held just after China, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, and France issued a joint declaration on attempting to prevent nuclear war or an arms race between the countries.

According to a report published by the United States Defense Department in November, China is broadening its nuclear arsenal at a faster rate than initially anticipated and could have more than 1,000 nuclear weapons by 2030. The United States possesses 3,750 nuclear weapons.

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