United States should not run on anti-peace pathway: China

Kristen Gonzales
February 5, 2018

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

The report said the USA strategy for China is created to "prevent Beijing from mistakenly concluding that it could secure an advantage through the limited use of its theatre nuclear capabilities or that any use of nuclear weapons, however limited, is acceptable".

The NPR asserts that production of low-yield nukes would enhance the credibility of the American nuclear arsenal.

The US should drop its "cold war mentality" and take action to reduce its nuclear arsenal, China's defence ministry said on Sunday after the Pentagon described China and Russian Federation as potential threats.

A Defense Ministry statement said China's nuclear arsenal is the "minimum level" required for security.

"The country that owns the world's largest nuclear arsenal, should take the initiative to follow the trend instead of going against it", China's defence ministry said on Sunday.

"The US Nuclear Posture Review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the #NPT, bringing humankind closer to annihilation", Zarif said on the social network.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed "deep disappointment" at the plan.

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China on Sunday criticized a USA government report that cast Beijing as a potential nuclear adversary and called on Washington to reduce its own much larger arsenal and join in promoting regional stability.

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Friday that the changes provide a "deterrent that is modern and credible".

The document released on Friday by the Pentagon, known as the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), argues that developing smaller nuclear weapons would challenge that assumption.

A leaked version of the review, which the Pentagon is set to release soon, shows that military officials in Washington are calling for the development of a low-yield nuclear bomb that is created to be used on the battlefield instead of urban areas. Bringing back sea-based nuclear missiles.

The Pentagon said last week that the planned tactical warhead for some ballistic missiles and the reintroduction of a nuclear-tipped cruise missile would help to deter a limited nuclear strike.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he ordered Mattis to conduct the Nuclear Posture Review within days of taking office previous year.

"We hope the U.S. will discard its 'cold-war mentality, ' shoulder its own special and primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament, understand correctly China's strategic intentions and take a fair view on China's national defense and military development". In his first state-of-the-union address on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump referred to China and Russian Federation as rivals that challenged US interests, its economy and values, and called for Congress to "fully fund our great military". Late a year ago it denounced Washington's updated defence strategy and urged the U.S. to abandon "outdated notions".

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