China now has a large number of ground-based intercontinental-range missile launchers, according to a January letter sent by the Pentagon to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees.
“The number of land-based fixed and mobile ICBM launchers in China exceeds the number of ICBM launchers in the United States,” the commander of U.S. Strategic Command wrote in a brief letter to the committees on Jan. 26.
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The letter was sent days before the military discovered a Chinese spy balloon carrying sensors and surveillance equipment hovering over the United States was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, prompting Communist There were fears of an increase in tensions with the country. The White House suspended a visit to China by Secretary of State Anthony Blanken, who traveled to several military bases and had the opportunity to inspect US ICBM sites, after news of the spy balloon.
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The U.S. still has more intercontinental-range missiles and nuclear warheads, the military assured Congress, because many of China’s land-based launchers contain empty silos. However, the vast number of launchers in China gives reason to believe that more nuclear weapons are being developed.
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The letter was in response to an inquiry by members of Congress about the arms race between China and the United States in December.
The U.S. Strategic Command also noted in the letter that updates to classified information were made last year to require reports on China’s missile launchers.
A senior administration official told Fox News that President Biden will refer to the Chinese spy balloon in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
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