Media: China accelerates the pace of developing nuclear weapons of new generation
TASS, may 29. China accelerates the pace of developing nuclear weapons of new generation, much more than the United States, conducts tests simulating nuclear explosions. This was announced on Monday, the newspaper The Hill.
For the period from Sep 2014 to Dec 2017 China had carried out about 200 such trials, the average for five trials per month, the newspaper writes, citing data from China Academy of engineering physics. The United States also conduct similar tests once a month, the newspaper specifies, in terms of data of the National laboratory behalf of the Lawrence Berkeley (Calif.).
The white house, the newspaper reminds, has allocated $1.2 billion on a programme of modernisation of a nuclear Arsenal, and the Pentagon presented in January, the new nuclear doctrine of the United States for the creation of nuclear weapons “low power” to deter Russia and China. Thus, according to the newspaper, the Ministry of defence has made clear Moscow and Beijing that Washington, if necessary, can use such weapons. Pentagon spokesman Dana white said in February that all these measures are designed to guarantee the United States “the opportunities for the implementation of nuclear deterrence and full confidence in their readiness to defend under any circumstances”.
China, according to The Hill, is currently developing a new tactical nuclear weapon for use in close combat.