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"Not enough to destroy US cities": China appreciated the arsenal of nuclear weapons

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The extension of the START treaty between Washington and Moscow for five years should play into the hands of Beijing, as it will have time until 2026 to build up its nuclear potential and, with an increased arsenal of deployed warheads, join the said agreement.


This opinion is voiced on the pages of the South China Morning Post. According to military experts and sources from China, currently "two nuclear giants" - the United States and the Russian Federation - own 90% of the warheads in the world. During the Cold War, the reserves of these countries amounted to 10 thousand units, then decreased to 5-6,5 thousand, START provides for their reduction to 1550 as the ultimate goal.

At the same time, according to analysts from the IISS, the PRC has 320 warheads. But a source close to the Chinese military claims that this stock has increased to 1000 units. in recent years, of which only less than 100 have been deployed. This is due to the fact that the Chinese leadership traditionally does not want to increase the burden of maintenance costs for nuclear weapons, giving priority to the country's economic development.

Based on the fact that there are currently only about 100 [deployed] nuclear warheads in China, this is not enough to completely destroy all major US cities.

- said the Chinese expert Song Zhongping.

However, as Zhou Chenming points out, China's CJ-20 air-launched cruise missiles ("hitting" at 2 thousand km) only in 2018 acquired the ability to carry nuclear weapons. At the same time, the United States and Russia practically completed the formation of nuclear triads (ICBMs, navy, strategic bombers) in the early 1960s. In his words, the extension of strategic offensive arms gives Beijing an opportunity to adjust the course aimed at modernizing the strategic nuclear forces, placing appropriate accents.

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  1. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 5 February 2021 02: 28
    -2
    Yah? China is puffing out its cheeks again? Now growls terribly, and talks about a thousand charges? Where will he get them? Will collect in 5 years? Over the past 30 years they have not collected ... China has problems with warheads ... But they have no problems with publishing victorious reports ...
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 5 February 2021 02: 41
      +10
      "We haven't collected over the past 30 years" ///
      ----
      Over the past 30 years, if you haven't forgotten, China has made a leap forward,
      becoming the second largest economy in the world.
      And in another 10 years it may well become the number one economy.
      If the Chinese Navy has overtaken the United States in the number of ships of 1-2 classes,
      why couldn't they increase their nuclear potential?
      Which, by the way, is not only against the United States, but against any neighboring
      (and non-neighboring) states.
      1. Yura
        Yura 5 February 2021 04: 47
        +4
        Quote: voyaka uh
        (and non-neighboring) states.

        And Israel too? belay
        1. 3danimal
          3danimal 5 February 2021 14: 32
          0
          I suppose we are talking about those with whom China had territorial conflicts in the 2nd half of the 20th century.
      2. YOUR
        YOUR 5 February 2021 05: 22
        -9
        How much more.
        Nuclear weapons are already in such quantity that only asteroids will remain from the Ball.
        Hypothetically, if only one country in the world uses its nuclear weapons to destroy another, let's say the United States destroys China and it will not respond in any way. The Chinese will die quickly and the first citizens of the United States and the rest of the world will extend their existence for some time, will exist only in deep shelters, mines and gradually degenerate and die, those who remain on the surface will receive such good doses will envy the Chinese.
        1. Warrior-80
          Warrior-80 5 February 2021 08: 44
          +4
          Do not exaggerate you, the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs had a capacity of millions of warheads, humanity is still far from this, and the radiation from such charges is orders of magnitude less than from Chernobyl. In Siberia, lakes (varnoks) from nuclear explosions remained, according to the experiment of changing river beds, the background there is normal, you can catch fish, in St. Petersburg it is 10 times higher than the norm
          1. YOUR
            YOUR 5 February 2021 08: 50
            +1
            Well, actually, this is not my opinion, this is repeated research by scientists. But even if it is wrong, you know somehow you don’t want to check it on your own experience.
      3. RealPilot
        RealPilot 5 February 2021 05: 28
        +3
        Be that as it may, China's accession to START strengthens international stability and security. It is only important to choose the right conditions that suit us.

        The Americans are behaving in a very peculiar way, Trump's political games around the Treaty show their attitude to obligations. If they are not ready to more or less honestly work only with us, then the accession of China will increase the pressure in terms of binding conditions.

        The bull and the bear were playing cards ... Well, the dragon got hooked laughing
      4. Mountain shooter
        Mountain shooter 5 February 2021 07: 36
        +1
        Quote: voyaka uh
        Over the past 30 years, if you haven't forgotten, China has made a leap forward,
        becoming the second economy in the world

        In industrial production, it has long been the first economy. But this is again a question of TECHNOLOGY, not quantity.
      5. Hermit21
        Hermit21 5 February 2021 08: 45
        +5
        Because the creation of modern nuclear weapons
        and nuclear forces, the task is a little more difficult than stamping cars and building ships. In this area, Chinese people sit on a palm tree and chew bananas.
      6. Sidor Amenpodestovich
        Sidor Amenpodestovich 5 February 2021 09: 04
        +3
        the Chinese Navy has overtaken the United States in the number of ships of 1-2 classes,

        And in terms of the equipment of these ships, in terms of weapons systems, did he also overtake, or at least equal?
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 5 February 2021 13: 55
          0
          It is hard to say...
          I think the Chinese have learned how to make ordinary anti-ship missiles of medium distances of 50-250 km.
          And this will be the main weapon of naval battles between ships.
      7. Wolf
        Wolf 5 February 2021 14: 36
        +1
        Already the FIRST Warrior !!! and the very first !!! wink
    2. Far B
      Far B 5 February 2021 03: 12
      -1
      Already gave an example here a couple of times. Twenty years ago, a paraphrase of Pele's famous statement was quite popular: "China will have its own auto industry when the Russian national team becomes the world champion in football." If anything, China already has its own car industry, and a rather big (and, most importantly, rapidly developing) one. And where is our football, we also know very well. We can take the Chinese Navy as an example - also very clearly. So the Chinese have reason to puff out their cheeks. The times when one could quietly neigh over the "747th last warning of the Chinese government" are long gone, forget about them.
      1. sleeve
        sleeve 5 February 2021 04: 23
        +7
        Oh, this "strong Chinese car industry"! With equally "strong" models. No, you can't argue, there are car factories. And even the model range is regularly updated. Together with world novelties. Have you built a fleet? Well done. It would be strange not to do this with such indicators and world interests. And the boats are beautiful. It would be nice not only from the outside. But nuclear weapons are not iPhones and Christmas tree lights. And here for some reason the Chinese indicators do not help. As from an aircraft engine and straight. I think magic ...
        1. Far B
          Far B 5 February 2021 04: 46
          -2
          Oh, this "strong Chinese car industry"! With no less "strong" models
          Do you know when in 2010-11 on about. The Russians were pulling a gas pipe (then, if you remember, there was a large construction site for the APEC summit - lards for 20, if I'm not mistaken), the contractor began to buy exactly Chinese HOVO (why not KamAZ? After all, support from a local manufacturer, like? question), directly in hundreds of parties. So: the first deliveries come with specific jambs. The customer writes a complaint - and in the next batch these jambs are gone... Are there any new ones? Again a complaint - and again a correction of jambs. And so - until the very end of construction. It didn't come to me through tenth languages ​​- I then worked part-time at customs clearance in Vladik (solid money, with such and such parties). After that, do you need to explain why the Chinese auto industry has made such a giant leap in 20 years? So in vain you sculpt quotes wherever you get. The CCP will say "must" - the Chinese comrades will answer "Yes!" And they will. Because this is not a new technology like aircraft engines that they still need to invent. This is to repeat what they already have in a quantity of 1000 pieces. And they know how to repeat laughing So shta keep your irony with you.
          1. sleeve
            sleeve 5 February 2021 05: 05
            +5
            Hoviki himself used it. An obscene story about this where I carved myself because of the cheapness I will skip. I even entered a new one. You are right, it did not come to replacement, but they clearly filled the repair with spare parts. 4 times a year. And the dear stood waiting, since "according to the program." I could not sell a new one (one year) for more than a third. I have not heard about the replacement for Vlad. But I came across a similar one on a smaller scale. There I learned about the "finishing plant" in Harbin. By hand finishing. And KamAZ trucks are expensive. Qualitatively, he answers, but at the start it's just horror. Was. And now the marketing has started and the car has gone. In connection with the struggle for culture, I will not say anything about Chinese cars, diesel generators, boat motors, and a lathe (this is what I had to face). So, alas, my quotes have been earned through suffering for my money.
      2. YOUR
        YOUR 5 February 2021 05: 26
        +3
        How we will communicate with them. So far, it seems normal, but for a long time in personal communication, simple (!!!!!!) Chinese say you have too much territory, you need to share. Where do ordinary Chinese have such thoughts? They are doing everything according to the policy of the party and government.
  2. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 02: 30
    +4
    Guaranteed destruction of the United States, only this can cool the warlike ardor of supporters of a military solution in the United States. To do this, China, of course, will have to increase the number of nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles to US cities, I am sure the Chinese will achieve this. And then the US State Department will have to solve a double problem with the nuclear arsenals of Russia and China.
    In this case, the United States will not have enough resources to fight such a tandem of troubles; objectively, the United States itself has brought the world to this line. The hegemon's ability to be the world's gendarme is slowly dwindling to zero.
    1. dauria
      dauria 5 February 2021 02: 54
      +6
      In this case, the United States will not have enough resources to fight such a tandem.

      Tandem of China and the Russian Federation? Not funny. Why would we stop them from becoming weak overnight? Let them fight. Why would the Chinese interfere in the US-RF slaughter? To come to the skins section - yes, it is necessary. And in general, a triangle is a cunning and unstable piece. Option of the Russian Federation plus the United States against China is excluded? USA plus China against Russia? Shared as brothers. wink
      And the world gendarme fell under the onslaught of the Chinese economy from sneakers to a rocket with lunar soil. Industry maintains an army, not the other way around.
      But the Russian Federation will be hard to maintain an arsenal. It’s not corny.
      1. Lech from Android.
        Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 03: 05
        +1
        Not funny ... When the interests of the Chinese coincide with the interests of other countries, they will be friends with anyone.
        The United States is helping Taiwan, the United States is helping to counter China in the South Seas, which greatly strains the Chinese and clearly does not contribute to friendship with the United States.
        1. dauria
          dauria 5 February 2021 03: 12
          +3
          be friends with anyone.

          Tfu you, Lord. Let there be no tandems among three equals. The desire of one to play off the other two - yes, it will. Any combination. And even the Chinese (Americans) will fight not for the Russian Federation, but only for themselves. The trouble will come if the Russian Federation becomes weaker (with our economy against theirs). Then we will be dragged on the lasso to "be friends" against the third. What actually is already visible.
          1. Lech from Android.
            Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 03: 50
            0
            Where did you see equals. Obama told you ... the United States is exclusively a nation ... going ahead of the entire planet ... The rest must correspond to its image and likeness.
            1. Bolt cutter
              Bolt cutter 5 February 2021 04: 11
              +4
              Obama told you ... the United States is exclusively a nation ... going ahead of the entire planet ... The rest must correspond to its image and likeness.
              The problem is that the Chinese consider theirs to be their exclusive nation.
              1. Yura
                Yura 5 February 2021 04: 50
                0
                Quote: Bolt Cutter
                The problem is that the Chinese consider theirs to be their exclusive nation.

                Sorry, but this is a problem for China and the Chinese. wink
              2. Lech from Android.
                Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 04: 51
                0
                They will get sick with this exceptionally ... It takes time for this.
                In the meantime, you have to endure the antics of the sick and keep your hands on their quirks, and hold a good club behind your back for sobering up, just in case.
    2. Bolt cutter
      Bolt cutter 5 February 2021 04: 17
      +1
      double problem with nuclear arsenals of Russia and China
      It is quite possible that Russia will have to decide. The Chinese do not hesitate to declare that Baikal (and Eastern Siberia in general) is theirs. In business - "joint projects" - behave like colonists. Moreover, Russia (then Soviet) has already gone to war.
      1. Lech from Android.
        Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 04: 53
        -2
        The main enemy of Russia at the moment is the United States, which interferes in our internal affairs with the stubbornness of a maniac ... not China.
        I really want someone to play off China and Russia ... The US State Department is just dreaming about it.
      2. Hermit21
        Hermit21 5 February 2021 08: 50
        0
        The Chinese do not hesitate to declare that Baikal (and in general Eastern Siberia) is their


        And when did they say that?
  3. Far B
    Far B 5 February 2021 02: 57
    -1
    not enough to completely destroy all major US cities
    Such humane Chinese))) "the head of the Italian Communist Party Palmiro Togliatti asked:" Comrade Mao Zedong! And how many Italians will remain as a result of the atomic war? " Mao calmly replied: "Not at all. Why do you think that Italians are so important to humanity?"
    1. Lech from Android.
      Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 03: 10
      +3
      You would think that the Italians would be very worried about the hundreds of millions of Chinese destroyed by US nuclear weapons.
      1. Far B
        Far B 5 February 2021 03: 21
        -3
        Comrade Lech, where is the promised saga? It's Friday already, we have more than 10 in the morning, you can run to drink brandy. I want to enjoy reading about myself, my beloved. Still, not to write whole sagas about every person during his lifetime laughing
        1. Lech from Android.
          Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 03: 41
          -1
          Oh yes ... Exactly ... Let's start slowly ... A long time ago, a young naturalist and botanist Dalny lived in the United States. V. He had a dad, dad really did not like the CPSU and Comrade Brezhnev and was known as a fighter against communism in well-known circles. The young botanist went all over in his daddy, growing up, in addition to his love for daisies, he received from his dad a love of subversive work, spreading among his peers at school fantasies about how badly daisies live in the communist USSR. And once this young talent was noticed by another daddy to whom his son reported. And this dad turned out to be not just a dad, but a dad with connections in an institution that really needs such nerds. After all, this struggle for the rights of daisies in the accursed USSR and then in Russia is a struggle for world peace, a struggle for democracy and the values ​​of crossing
          with herbivores.
          This is the preamble of the introductory part of this spy saga.
          Let's start with this. smile
          1. Far B
            Far B 5 February 2021 03: 48
            -4
            Super creative and therefore not very clear. Why did dad dislike the Communist Party and Comrade Brezhnev personally? (by the way, I am for the communist idea and even a party member in the third generationlaughing Just comrade. I can't stand sic. But on VO I always drown myself for the leftist idea, so you slightly correct the saga, otherwise it’s nonsense: I’m an anti-Putinist now, because my dad was an anti-communist). But go on, while I was in the store for cognac, since the text went.
            1. Lech from Android.
              Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 03: 58
              0
              Well this is fiction bully, a little bit of everything. This is just a sketch ... A draft and that is just an introduction.
              I never wrote what God knows whether it will work or not. Seriously, you can unfold the plot in the artistic virtual world as you like.
              1. Far B
                Far B 5 February 2021 04: 35
                -6
                Well, you can try this:
                Half a hundred years ago, anticipating the appearance in the country of the spiteful teran V.V. Putin, I (with the help of my dad) organized myself in my mother's womb. There I also entered into contacts with all of me at that time known intelligence services of the collective West (CIA, NSA, MI-6, Mossad, due to his youth and ignorance of the realities of that time, just in case with the Stasi, Sigurantsa, Defensiva and a number of others). Then he came out into the world as a completely legalized and implemented, absolutely inveterate agent right in the Primorsky Territory. But before the aforementioned teran came to power, he did not show any signs of activity, only occasionally, without regaining consciousness, he shouted something like: "The marked man is henpecked, he sold the country!" or "Borya, keep your promise, lie down on the rails!" At the same time, he entered into contacts with other discovered foreign intelligence services, including Andorra, San Marino and especially - Monaco.
                But then the year 2000 came, at the helm of the country was the one whom I had foreseen, and I activated the sleeping internal agent ... And it rushed off: rocking the galley, shaking the braces ... In short, then you yourself - I, all- still, reader. (hint: apparently, for the sake of conspiracy, he repeatedly changed his place of residence without leaving the Far East).
                1. Lech from Android.
                  Lech from Android. 5 February 2021 04: 43
                  +1
                  Well, they have already begun to measure themselves with pipis. smile Let's all the same VO not litter with your garbage. hi smile Here, all the same, serious people read both your nonsense and my fantasies.
                  1. Runway
                    Runway 5 February 2021 06: 52
                    -2
                    I'm not serious, but I liked delirium more than fantasy. laughing
                    In fact, it is subjective: an article of the "yellow press" (literally and figuratively), spitting on the former and waving at the current owners of the oval office.
                    It's time for the Yankees to attend to the state of half a billion yellow beggars, then you can see the new course of the Chinese press.
                  2. uladzimir.surko
                    uladzimir.surko 5 February 2021 08: 23
                    +1
                    We demand the continuation of the banquet wink !
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 5 February 2021 05: 38
    +3
    China has only about 100 [deployed] nuclear warheads, not enough to completely destroy all major US cities
    Oh, what a pity, because today cannot destroy all major cities in the United States. But here you have to choose - either destroy the American cities, or continue to trade with them. The Chinese want to be the world's first economy, and at the same time have unlimited opportunities in nuclear weapons.
  5. sergo1914
    sergo1914 5 February 2021 06: 01
    -1
    This is due to the fact that the Chinese leadership traditionally does not want to increase the burden of maintenance costs for nuclear weapons, prioritizing the country's economic development.


    Thanks. Neighing. The Chinese military leadership simply cannot sleep. And only thinks about the economic development of the country. Pastoral.
  6. lis-ik
    lis-ik 5 February 2021 06: 37
    0
    And yet my opinion is that we do not need to reduce anything, but only increase, then the attitude and conversation will be different, without any "will make Russia pay".
  7. evgen1221
    evgen1221 5 February 2021 07: 31
    0
    The info in the article is just a generalization against the background and about the news about SNR. Nobody is obliging and empty information. Infoshum no more.
  8. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 5 February 2021 07: 56
    -1
    What to count, if anything, with us will be enough. For such a good deed for the Chinese comrades, nothing is a pity, it's time to get off the hill, the corpse of the enemy will not come by itself. Something must be done, maybe a vigorous loaf will not be needed. drinks
  9. iouris
    iouris 5 February 2021 11: 23
    0
    China is a mystery, tightly wrapped in mystery. It is not known what they have there. And it is right.
    Personally, I am only interested in what happened to the USSR's nuclear arsenal.
  10. Antokha
    Antokha 5 February 2021 14: 11
    0
    100 warheads are over the roof for American cities. There are so many goals you can hardly find. In addition, an absolutely uncontrollable panic will begin after one, and then a simple information intervention will be able to direct the situation in the right direction. Also, if there are 1000 in China, and 100 is deployed, you can always deploy the remaining 900 as well. So, I see no problem for China.
  11. Wolf
    Wolf 5 February 2021 14: 47
    0
    So, according to real indicators, CHINA IS THE FIRST ECONOMY OF THE WORLD AND ALREADY OD 2019. do not read Bloomberg and the London economist will not see the truth there. No problem for China to create enough nuclear warheads to drown the United States and its wasals! So the question from a Chinese journalist is correct, but do we have enough warheads to destroy all US cities? They also thought about London, Tel Aviv, Paris, Bucarest, Sophia, etc. ..... laughing laughing laughing
    1. Wolf
      Wolf 5 February 2021 14: 48
      +1
      Forgot Berlin! smile
  12. Old26
    Old26 5 February 2021 14: 51
    +4
    During the Cold War, the reserves of these countries amounted to 10 thousand units, then decreased to 5-6,5 thousand, START provides for their reduction to 1550 as the ultimate goal.

    The START-3 treaty does not limit the stocks of nuclear warheads to 1550. This number DEPLOYED on charge carriers. The rest are in arsenals

    Quote: voyaka uh
    "We haven't collected over the past 30 years" ///
    ----
    Over the past 30 years, if you haven't forgotten, China has made a leap forward,
    becoming the second largest economy in the world.
    And in another 10 years it may well become the number one economy.
    If the Chinese Navy has overtaken the United States in the number of ships of 1-2 classes,
    why couldn't they increase their nuclear potential?
    Which, by the way, is not only against the United States, but against any neighboring
    (and non-neighboring) states.

    They could build up their potential. It is doubtful that this number has increased 10 times. In addition, the number of Chinese speakers is also about 6-7 times less than that of the United States or Russia. But even this is not the main thing. The Chinese tests are carried out in a "greenhouse" version and there is no guarantee that the declared systems are true

    Quote: RealPilot
    Be that as it may, China's accession to START strengthens international stability and security. It is only important to choose the right conditions that suit us.

    It is not important what conditions suit us. The question is different. So that these conditions suit ALL participants. But here everything is very difficult and this is unlikely to happen in 5 years
  13. Decimalegio
    Decimalegio 5 February 2021 15: 48
    0
    If a Western pseudo-magazine wrote that more nuclear weapons were needed to destroy Russia, I would read the indignant comments endlessly. Since they are supposed to be used in the US, some keyboard arsonists are encouraged to think that this is happening. A handsome thinker dreaming of Chinese atomic bombs in Europe, perhaps he is confusing atomic bombs with glycerin suppositories. Will radioactive fallout and radiation also affect Russia?
  14. Peaceful SEO
    Peaceful SEO 6 February 2021 12: 23
    0
    The Chinese, of course, are great ... But I would increase the number of deployed charges from Russia 5 times, so that it would be enough for China too, and with a margin
  15. Dzafdet
    Dzafdet 8 February 2021 06: 41
    0
    Quote: Hermit21
    The Chinese do not hesitate to declare that Baikal (and in general Eastern Siberia) is their


    And when did they say that?

    They do not speak, they act. The creeping expansion is already in full swing. And while trying to dig a tunnel from Baikal to China, an earthquake occurred.