BEIJING chiefs are reportedly considering stockpiling a huge nuclear weapons arsenal amid the US’s “aggressive attitude” in the South China Sea.
By Anders Anglesey
22nd July 2018
Communist-party The Global Times paper parroted the regime’s views that Donald Trump appears to only respect nations with with a vast number of nuclear weapons.
It said Russia was able to prevent NATO going “in open conflict in Ukraine and Syria” was due to its arsenal.
The paper continued: “Just by looking at the US’s aggressive attitude in the South China Sea and the Taiwan question, we know that China’s nuclear strength is far from sufficient.”
It added fears that Washington could “turn this arrogance into military provocation”.
Boosting China’s nuclear development is now a “top priority”, according to the article.
Tensions between Washington and Beijing have become increasingly strained in recent months after Trump ignited a trade war with China by slapping huge tariffs on selected items.
The decision effectively poured petrol onto the blazing row between the two nations over China’s expansionist policies in the South China Sea.
Beijing chiefs have long eyed up the democratically-run island of Taiwan, which it considers part of its territory.
The US has long supported the independence of Taiwan and has vowed to protect it from any hostile threats.
Despite China’s vocal protests the US greenlit submarine technology sales to Taiwan.