The Global Times, recognized as part of the China state run media apparatus, is calling for an accelerated nuclear buildup as a “strategic deterrence” against the United States, following President Biden’s call for an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hu Xijin, the editor of the Global Times, believes enhancing China’s nuclear program is vital, according to Newsweek.
“We must be prepared for an intense showdown between China and the U.S.,” Hu wrote in an op-ed late last week.
“The number of China’s nuclear warheads must reach the quantity that makes U.S. elites shiver should they entertain the idea of engaging in a military confrontation with China.”
Newsweek informs that Hu’s comments were also posted on a Chinese social media site.
The report indicates there are several rhetorical issues increasing tensions between the United States and China, but they note the call for a nuclear buildup comes just one day after Biden advised the intelligence community to look into the origins of the pandemic.
The threatening language from China comes as a theory that the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab continues to gain traction.
Just weeks ago, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said there is “significant circumstantial evidence” that the COVID-19 outbreak emanated from a Wuhan Institute of Virology leak.
The New York Times last week reported on Biden’s call for further investigation into the virus’ origins, claiming it shows “the administration takes seriously the possibility that the virus was accidentally leaked from a lab.”
Hu writes that building up China’s nuclear arsenal is necessary to counter America’s “strategic containment” of the country, something he says is becoming “increasingly intensified.”
That buildup, according to Hu, is a “cornerstone of China’s strategic deterrence against the U.S.”
Having the state-run media in China saber-rattle over nuclear war is nothing to gloss over.
Especially in the midst of reports that China is building two new nuclear reactors.
Popular Mechanics reported on the reactors last week calling them both “mysterious” and “secret,” stating that their existence – slated to power up in 2023 and 2026 – has international scientists “worried.”
“These reactors make weapons-grade plutonium as part of their operation,” they write.
“In a new paper, experts from the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) say with the amount of weapons-grade plutonium the fast reactors will make, China could have 1,270 nuclear warheads by 2030,” Popular Mechanics reveals.
“That’s as many as the U.S. has in its intercontinental ballistic missile arsenal.”
It is quite a serious situation.
As for the investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, those are seemingly not quite as serious.
In recent days, the Biden administration has repeatedly said they are going to defer to “international bodies” to lead the review.
Additionally, they have refused to say if Biden has confronted Xi Jinping on COVID’s origins and his regime’s lack of transparency.
When asked what actions President Biden would take if China obstructs COVID investigators, as they have done in the past, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre could offer no predictions.
In the Global Times op-ed, Hu writes: “I would like to remind again that we have plenty of urgent tasks, but among the most important ones is to rapidly increase the number of commissioned nuclear warheads.”
He adds that such a build-up could actually deter a nuclear war brewing over a more minor incident.
Still, he writes, “U.S. hostility toward China is burning.”
“We must use our strength, and consequences that Washington cannot afford to bear if it takes risky moves, to keep them sober,” added Hu.
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