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US Intelligence Tells Congress China’s Nuclear Arsenal “On Track To Exceed Our Previous Projection”

Tyler Durden
May 1st, 2021
ZeroHedge
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

A hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee this week on the range of threats the United States faces globally focused on China and Chinese leadership viewing US power as “declining” while Beijing is “rising” on the world stage.

Most notable from the testimony is US intelligence’s view of China’s expanding nuclear arsenal, which is projected to at least double over the next decade. While currently, the Department of Defense estimates China’s warhead stockpile to be in the low-200s, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, told the Senate hearing on Thursday that a rapid expansion of its stockpile is a top priority for Beijing. To the surprise of lawmakers, he strongly suggested that the DIA’s most recent projections actually underestimated China’s true nuclear expansion and ambitions.

“In the span of capabilities that they have, the nuclear piece has been one component. It has been a priority for them,” Berrier told the lawmakers in response to a question by Sen. Tom Cotton, a well-known foremost China hawk. “And I think they have racked and stacked that in the things that they think that they need to get done by 2030 or 2035,” the DIA director followed with.

Gen. Berrier explained that US defense intelligence now sees China as seeking to outpace even the earlier Pentagon projections. He said:

“China is expanding and diversifying its nuclear arsenal… Last year, we assessed that China had a nuclear warhead stockpile in the low-200s and projected it to at least double over the next decade.

Since then, Beijing has accelerated its nuclear expansion and is on track to exceed our previous projectionPLA nuclear forces are expected to continue to grow with their nuclear stockpile likely to at least double in size over this decade and increase the threat to the U.S. homeland.”

And he further warned China is “probably” seeking to “match” many of America and Russia’s more advanced nuclear warhead capabilities and delivery platforms:

China probably seeks to narrow, match, or in some areas exceed U.S. qualitative equivalency with new nuclear warheads and delivery platforms that at least equal the effectiveness, reliability, and/or survivability of some U.S. and Russian warheads and delivery platforms under development. The PLA continues to improve its pursuit of a nuclear triad, and increasing evidence indicates that Beijing seeks to keep a portion of its nuclear forces on a “launch-on-warning” posture.

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Berrier elsewhere in the testimony affirmed that China is “the long-term strategic competitor to the United States” and remains “as a pacing threat, [Beijing] poses a major security challenge.”

Via Japan Times

He said Beijing is focusing its defense technology efforts “almost certainly” toward holding” the US and allied forces at greater risk and greater distances from the Chinese mainland.”

In 2020 the Illinois-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists estimated that China possesses 350 nuclear warheads, a number far higher than the more conservative DoD estimate. In its report at the time, the think tank wrote, “We estimate that China has a produced a stockpile of approximately 350 nuclear warheads, of which roughly 272 are for delivery by more than 240 operational land-based ballistic missiles, 48 sea-based ballistic missiles, and 20 nuclear gravity bombs assigned to bombers. The remaining 78 warheads are intended to arm additional land- and sea-based missiles that are in the process of being fielded.”

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    1. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Whatever. As if this was not common knowledge. What in the hell does this have to do with semiconductors anyways?!

      Andrea Iravani

    2. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Everything about data farmers and spies is instinctually resistable. 
      Everything about data farmers and spies is as resistable as leprosy.
      Everything that data farmers and spies do is a crime against humanity.
      Everything about data farmers and spies is totally parasitic.
      Everything involving data farming and spying is theft.
      Data farmers and spies have posed a clear and present danger to humanity.
      There has never been more sureveillance and there has never been more crime.
      Data farmers and spies cannibalize their victims and then want to kill and destroy them after farming their victims for their own fraudulent consumption and narcisstic glorification.
      It is either the data farmers and spies, or everyone else. everyone else cannot coexist with data farmers and spies anymore than they can coexist with flesh eating bacteria.
      Data farmers and spies know that what they are doing is 100% illegal, so they deny it and say that their victims are imagining it and mentally ill, which is libelous and slanderous, in addition to bearing false witness and perjury. Data farmers and spies are psychopaths. I am surrounded by them. Data farming and spying is not new and it is not normal. Only people with deviant personality disorder and psychopathy are data farmers and spies. The crimes of data farming and spying require that data farmers and spies have no respect for the rights of others. It is sick as hell. It rewards the corrupt and the mentally incompetent at the expense of the competent and innocent. Either the data farming and spying will stop, or the data farmers and spies will destroy the world and everyone in it because they are completely mentally incompetent and completely corrupt. They would not be data farming and spying if they were intelligent and honest. Data farmers and spies are genetically inferior mutants. Their actions and life styles are the only proof required to prove the last sentence. Now the data farmers and spies are claiming tbat they are spying on viruses. Data farmers and spies have diseased minds. Only people with diseased minds would claim that they are data farming and spying for the good of the public, These are the rationalizations of addicts. They are addicted to data farming and spying. If drinking a glass of wine is good for your heart, drinking three bottles of wine will really make you super human. Is there really any difference between taking narcotics after surgery or getting a splinter? Cocaine was originally used by dentists, which are doctors, so doctors recommend using cocaine. Bill W. had his spiritual awakenning on LSD, so if AA is really going to be effective, everyone has to drop acid at AA meetings.

      Andrea Iravani

    3. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      It appears as though the cops were responsible for the Wisconsin Oneida cassino shooting last night, like the cops were responsible for the 10/01/17 Life is Beautiful massacre.

      Cassinos have a ton of cash on hand, which would certainly be a motive for the cops to do that.

      Conflicting reports are surfacing from initial reports. Initially the police stated that they had the suspect in custody. Now it is being reported that the cops killed the suspect.

      Initial reports were that there was a shooter with an AR-15 and that at least twenty shots were fired. 50 police cars quickly swarmed the area ipand entered. Now it is reported someone saw the cop walk in with an AR-15. I have never seen a cop carry an AR-15 before on duty before in my life.

      The name of the deceased suspect has not been released yet. I realize that next of kin is always notified before the name is released to the press. Police claim that they believe that the shooter intended to kill a specific person that worked at the cassino. Previously it was reported that the shooter was a disgruntled employee, which has disappeared from headlines as well. Police are also claiming that since the intended target was not present at the shooting, the shooter just shot friends and co-workers of the intended target instead.

      Andrea Iravani

    4. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      It appears as though the cops were responsible for the Wisconsin Oneida cassino shooting last night, like the cops were responsible for the 10/01/17 Life is Beautiful massacre.

      Cassinos have a ton of cash on hand, which would certainly be a motive for the cops to do that.

      Conflicting reports are surfacing from initial reports. Initially the police stated that they had the suspect in custody. Now it is being reported that the cops killed the suspect.

      Initial reports were that there was a shooter with an AR-15 and that at least twenty shots were fired. 50 police cars quickly swarmed the area and cops entered. Now it is reported someone saw the cop walk in with an AR-15. I have never seen a cop carry an AR-15 before on duty before in my life.

      The name of the deceased suspect has not been released yet. I realize that next of kin is always notified before the name is released to the press. Police claim that they believe that the shooter intended to kill a specific person that worked at the cassino. Previously it was reported that the shooter was a disgruntled employee, which has disappeared from headlines as well. Police are also claiming that since the intended target was not present at the shooting, the shooter just shot friends and co-workers of the intended target instead.

      Oneida also said last night that they would be closed until further notice. This morning they said they have reopened for business. 

      It was noted that at the Life is Beautiful Massacre, CEO David Muren and George Soros shorted stock prior to the massacre. If both of these cassinos were in financial trouble they may have resorted to such evil behavior. The mafia is known to be involed in cassinos. Ironically, both shootings occured during key events in the Netenyahu corruption scandal. The Mossad sent a letter to the State Department warning of Jewish mafia involvement in cassinos, which was on Wikileaks website. The cops are trained in Israel now also. It is not uncommon for LEOs to be on both sides of the coin in organized crime, tragically, it is the norm rather than the exception. The police state surveillance state is a magnet for the most evil, unethical, unscrupulous, deviant psychopaths, which explains why America is the way that it is. 

      Arnon Milchen was interviewed at the time of the 10/01/17 massacre, and just two days ago reports involving James Parker and Arnon Milchen in the Netenyahu corruption scandal
      were released.

      Andrea Iravani

    5. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      It appears as though the cops were responsible for the Wisconsin Oneida cassino shooting last night, like the cops were responsible for the 10/01/17 Life is Beautiful massacre.

      Cassinos have a ton of cash on hand, which would certainly be a motive for the cops to do that.

      Conflicting reports are surfacing from initial reports. Initially the police stated that they had the suspect in custody. Now it is being reported that the cops killed the suspect.

      Initial reports were that there was a shooter with an AR-15 and that at least twenty shots were fired. 50 police cars quickly swarmed the area and cops entered. Now it is reported someone saw the cop walk in with an AR-15. I have never seen a cop carry an AR-15 before on duty before in my life.

      The name of the deceased suspect has not been released yet. I realize that next of kin is always notified before the name is released to the press. Police claim that they believe that the shooter intended to kill a specific person that worked at the cassino. Previously it was reported that the shooter was a disgruntled employee, which has disappeared from headlines as well. Police are also claiming that since the intended target was not present at the shooting, the shooter just shot friends and co-workers of the intended target instead.

      Oneida also said last night that they would be closed until further notice. This morning they said they have reopened for business. 

      It was noted that at the Life is Beautiful Massacre, CEO David Muren and George Soros shorted stock prior to the massacre. If both of these cassinos were in financial trouble they may have resorted to such evil behavior. The mafia is known to be involed in cassinos. Ironically, both shootings occured during key events in the Netenyahu corruption scandal. The Mossad sent a letter to the State Department warning of Jewish mafia involvement in cassinos, which was on Wikileaks website. The cops are trained in Israel now also. It is not uncommon for LEOs to be on both sides of the coin in organized crime, tragically, it is the norm rather than the exception. The police state surveillance state is a magnet for the most evil, unethical, unscrupulous, deviant psychopaths, which explains why America is the way that it is. 

      Arnon Milchen, Fight Club Producer, was interviewed at the time of the 10/01/17 massacre, and just two days ago reports involving James Parker and Arnon Milchen in the Netenyahu corruption scandal 
      were released.

      From Screenit.com:

      “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL”
      (1998) (Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi) (PG-13)

      “Drama/Comedy: An Italian Jew tries to shield the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp from his young son by having him believe that their internment there is really just a game.”

      http://www.screenit.com/movies/1998/life_is_beautiful.html

      Andrea Iravani

    6. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I really have to laugh at the Europeans, Asians, and Latin Americans for saying that America suffers from systemic racism, considering that America elected Obama, Kamala Harris as VP, and has many black and black and Hispanic politicians, business leaders, and rich and powerful people in the entertainment, music, and athletic industries. If America suffered from systemic racism, this would not be permitted. America has passed the days of Jackie Robinson. I have to agree that today, now more than ever that the “soft bigotry of low expectations” is the most prevalent form of systemic racism practiced, and it really has to stop immediately.

      They are panicking because they know that their narrative of systemic racism has been blown to smitherines. Of course there are racist people in America. It has been duly noted that the current racism that is being practiced is anti- white Christian racism in addition to anti-Islamic discrimination.

      A proof in point of the hypocrisy is that in 2014 Spain had a town named “Castrillo Matajudios” or “Fort Kill The Jews”, They voted to change the name, but as far as the Spanish town Valle de Matamoros or “Kill the Moors Valley,” America suffers from systemic racism. 

      And there is also the Mexican city named Matamoros, or “Kill the Moors.”

      Imagine if a white American Christian proposed such names for towns, streets, schools, or anything else for that matter.

      https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/23/416785789/at-long-last-small-spanish-town-changes-kill-the-jews-name

      Andrea Iravani

    7. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      It is just another day in America of being slowly tortured and cannibalized to death by the psychopaths in the surveillance state. It is only going to get worse, unfortunately. It is HUGE, unfortunately, and it is also only getting HUGER! America will never be great again. It is just not in the cards. Anyone who says otherwise is lying point blank.

      From Screenit.com:

      “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL”
      (1998) (Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi) (PG-13)

      “Drama/Comedy: An Italian Jew tries to shield the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp from his young son by having him believe that their internment there is really just a game.”

      http://www.screenit.com/movies/1998/life_is_beautiful.html

      Andrea Iravani

    8. Genius says:

      Eh, don’t much matter. If I couldn’t buy shit on ebay I’d die anyway lol.

    9. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      .
      Everyone and every parent is aware of the risks of taking street drugs. Most people and most parents are titally oblivious to the fact that the AMA, WHO, Big Pharma, and their practioners are worse than street drug pushers. They are terrorists, thugs, and cold blooded mass murderers, and use snake oil tactics, medical fraud, scientific fraud, medical fraud, and Munchausen’s Syndrome. They are in fact, Domestic Terrorists and Domestic Violent Extremists that have destroyed my life, my health, and the lives of family members. 

      Take two of these is the best of their abilities! No shit! Dumbest fucking assholes that ever lived! What a fucking racket! Worse than the mafia! 

      If you can keep your kids off of street drugs, hats off! If you can keep your kids off of AMA drugs without being gunned down by their partners in crime and body guards, the police, you really lucked out! 

      A mother had her child kdnapped because the child had leukemia and after the first round of excruciating side effects from the treatments of both chemical and radiation poisoning she decided that she could not subject her child to the immense suffering. 

      The police kidnapped the child for denying the medical mafia over $90,000 worth of medical extortion services. The police abducted the child after finding the poor mother and child on the ‘deadly”  beach in the deadly sun naturally laced with deadly vitamin D eating “deadly” grapefruit naturally laced with vitamin C. Quality of life matters. It was probably the best day that the poor child had in a very long time, and the police and the medical mafia criminalized the poor mother for it! The media placed the poor mother whose child was medically kidnapped in media stockades. The psychos are in charge and out of control! 

      The AMA really believe that they own us, and that we exist for their financial gain alone.

      Andrea Iravani

    10. Darth Skippy says:

      dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9535379/Chinas-Communist-Party-sparks-outrage-mocks-rival-Indias-COVID-19-outbreak.html

      “The post included two images juxtaposed with one another. One photo shows an image of a rocket launch in China while the other shows dead bodies being cremated in India.”

      From the country, which welded citizens inside their homes, had them throw pets out the window, and which installs suicide nets around the factory buildings:
      alibaba.com/trade/search?IndexArea=product_en&CatId=&fsb=y&viewtype=&tab=&SearchScene=&SearchText=mobile+human+crematory

      I would typically expect your ‘space program’, like other consumer goods, to be made from pirated, intellectual property and to break in a hurry.

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