Russian state news agency TASS is highlighting China’s rapid increase in offensive nuclear weapons. Nothing is posted in Russian state media without a reason, so the Kremlin is obviously keen to bring attention to Beijing’s arms buildup.
Russia has been making a big deal of its budding alliance with the Chinese Communist Party and its People’s Liberation Army. Russia was forced into China’s sphere of influence after major sanctions from the West over the Kremlin’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
Senior Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics Vasily Kashin [said] that China has not issued any official statements on its nukes, and that [a recent] speech was made by Beijing’s former representative to the UN on disarmament.” Nevertheless, this is a sign, yet this not an official revision. But in fact, China’s nuclear activities do not match its previous position, which was that it keeps the arsenal at a minimum and avoids entering the arms race. In fact, China is developing systems such as missiles capable of carrying 10 warheads each. They are working intensively on this. We can expect that by the end of the decade, the number of deployed nuclear weapons will increase significantly,” Kashin said to Russian state news outlet Gazeta, reported TASS.
Many analysts doubt the durability of the Sino-Russo alliance however, as China is becoming much more powerful economically than the Russian Federation and could eventually swallow up parts of Russian Siberia if Beijing’s geopolitical power continues to grow.
The ancient hate and distrust between the Chinese and Russian security apparatus could very well raise its head again in the near future.
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