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US-China tensions

China to possess 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035: Pentagon report

U.S. sees Beijing developing ability to deter and defeat intervention in Taiwan

Vehicles carrying JL-2 submarine launched ballistic missiles drive past Tiananmen Square during a Beijing military parade.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- China's nuclear arsenal will grow to 1,500 warheads by 2035, triple its current estimated stockpile, the Pentagon said on Tuesday in its annual report on Beijing's military developments.

The document, called Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China, said China already possessed more than 400 warheads. The U.S. Defense Department estimated that China held at least 200 warheads in the same report two years ago.

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