China`s nuke arsenal limited to lowest levels: top General
China has limited its nuclear weapons capacity to the lowest levels as it refrains from an arms race and strictly pursues a no first use policy.
Beijing: China has limited its nuclear
weapons capacity to the lowest levels as it refrains from an
arms race and strictly pursues a no first use policy, a top
General of the People`s Liberation Army, has claimed.
"If no power presses for nuclear war with China, the
Second Artillery Force will always keep silent," Gen Jing
Zhiyuan, commander of PLA`s Second Artillery Force that
controls China`s nuclear weapons stockpile wrote in an article
published in the latest issue of China Armed Forces.
China`s development of a nuclear arms capacity is
limited to that of the lowest level necessary to safeguard
national security, Jing insisted.
"We will firmly pursue a defensive nuclear strategy
and resolutely implement the `no first use` policy," he said.
"We, the Second Artillery Force, will always stick to
the principle of limited development of nuclear weapons and we
will not engage in a nuclear arms race," Jing wrote.
Numbers of China`s nuclear weapons have been a matter
of speculation as there is no definite official information
According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, China
may be having around 130 nuclear warheads deployed in missiles
and aircraft with 70 more in storage.
China has also developed inter continental ballistic
missiles with a range of 15000 km.
China began building its own nuclear arsenal after the
country exploded its first atomic bomb in the deserts of north
western China in 1964.
In 1971, the country became the fifth country in the
world to launch a nuclear submarine.
China successfully tested a carrier rocket in 1980,
shooting it from northwest China to the South Pacific to
showcase its intercontinental strike capabilities.
It also conducted an underwater missile launch in
In 1996, China declared it would suspend nuclear
testing to promote nuclear disarmament.