'Cold war mentality': China blasts U.S. nuclear review calling Beijing a threat

05 February, 2018, 06:17 | Author: Clint Gray
  • US China will need to work together for their armies to become a stabilising factor in Sino-US relations and in the region | Reuters

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 United States now faces a more diverse and advanced nuclear-threat environment than ever before, with considerable dynamism in potential adversaries' development and deployment programs for nuclear weapons and delivery systems", the document claimed on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

China's defence ministry spokesman, Mr Ren Guoqiang, responded in a statement yesterday that China is "firmly opposed" to the US' new nuclear weapons policy statement, describing its speculation about Chinese intentions as "wild guesses".

"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.

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

North Korea has continued to pursue nuclear weapons development, and Iran retains much of the capacity needed to develop a nuclear weapon within a year of deciding to do so, according to the review.

Low-yield nuclear weapons, while still devastating, have a strength of less than 20 kilotons.

In the NPR document, the US accused China of "expanding its already considerable nuclear forces" but China defended its policy on Sunday saying it would "resolutely stick to peaceful development and pursue a national defence policy that is defensive in nature".

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

In an introductory statement, Mattis said, "We must look reality in the eye and see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.in no way does this approach lower the nuclear threshold".

He said China hopes that the U.S. will discard its "cold-war mentality" and shoulder its own special and primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament.

The NPR has called for nuclear weapons in the form of "low-yield" warheads that can be launched from the sky or from submarines in cruise missiles and smaller ballistic missiles.

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This isn't the first time that China has used the Cold War label to denounce US policy.

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