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China is accelerating its nuclear build-up amid growing fears of a US conflict

China has accelerated the build-out of its nuclear arsenal because it has changed its assessment of the US threat, say people who know the Chinese leadership’s mindset, shedding new light on a build-up that is increasing tensions between the two countries.

China’s nuclear effort predates Russia’s invasion of Ukraine long ago, but US reluctance to get directly involved in the war there has likely reinforced Beijing’s decision to prioritize nuclear weapons development as a deterrent, some of these people say. The Chinese leadership sees a stronger nuclear arsenal as a way of preventing the US from directly interfering in a possible conflict over Taiwan.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-is-accelerating-its-nuclear-buildup-over-rising-fears-of-u-s-conflict-11649509201 China is accelerating its nuclear build-up amid growing fears of a US conflict

Ethan Gach

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