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U.S. Military Warns China Is Building Nuclear Missile Silos


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The U.S. Military has made an announcement that China is adding more nuclear missile silos to their arsenal.

Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists used satellite imagery to detect that China has approximately 250 underground nuclear missile silos.

When a spokesperson asked China’s Foreign Ministry about the finding they immediately decline it and stated that they were not aware of the nuclear missile silos.

The expansion of China’s nuclear arsenal is huge considering in recent month China has been very aggressive when it comes to conducting military’s exercises near Taiwan.

Military.com got the scoop too:

The U.S. military is warning about what analysts have described as a major expansion of China’s nuclear missile silo fields at a time of heightened tension between Beijing and Washington.

Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists estimate that China has approximately 250 underground missile silos under construction after they used satellite imagery to identify a new field being built in western China.

“The public has discovered what we have been saying all along about the growing threat the world faces and the veil of secrecy that surrounds it,” said Strategic Command, which oversees America’s nuclear arsenal.

The field in the Xinjiang region is the second one reported this summer. In June, researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California identified another field under construction in neighboring Gansu province.

China has not commented on the reports. Asked about the latest one, the Foreign Ministry said Friday that it was not aware of the situation.

The reports come at a time when relations between the U.S. and China have plunged to their worst level in decades. The two nations remain sharply at odds over a range of issues, including trade, technology, cybersecurity, human rights and China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy under President Xi Jinping.

Business Insider had more details to share:

China appears to be building hundreds of new silos to house intercontinental ballistic missiles, raising some questions about its intentions. To some experts Insider talked to, the huge silo fields look to be China’s answer to rivals that have a lot more nuclear weapons.

In recent months, analysts with the Federation of American Scientists and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies relying on commercial satellite images have found that China is constructing what looks like around 250 new missile silos. It previously had only about 20 silos.

Silo construction is clearly visible and appears to be underway in Hami in Xinjiang province, Yumen in Gansu province, and Jinlantai in Inner Mongolia. The Hami site, which is still in the early stages of construction, is roughly 300 square miles and the Yumen site is around 700 square miles.

China’s former nuclear missile silos were isolated and camouflaged but now it appears they are flexing their muscles and are putting them out in the open.



 

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