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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2016

SIPRI Yearbook 2016

V. Chinese nuclear forces

Chapter:
16. World nuclear forces
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2016
Author(s):
Shannon N. Kile, Hans M. Kristensen

China maintains an estimated total stockpile of about 260 nuclear warheads, a number that has remained relatively stable over many years but is slowly increasing. Of China’s planned triad of land-, air- and sea-based nuclear forces, only the land-based ballistic missiles and nuclear-configured aircraft are currently considered operational (aircraft only in a secondary nuclear role). About 190 warheads are assigned to these forces. The remaining warheads are assigned to non-operational forces, including new systems that are under development, operational systems that may increase in number in the future and reserves (see table 16.6).

Citation (MLA):
Kile, Shannon N., and Hans M. Kristensen. "16. World nuclear forces." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 20 Sep. 2018. <http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198787280/sipri-9780198787280-chapter-016-div1-103.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Kile, S., & Kristensen, H. (2016). 16. World nuclear forces. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2016: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 20 Sep. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198787280/sipri-9780198787280-chapter-016-div1-103.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Kile, Shannon N., and Hans M. Kristensen. "16. World nuclear forces." In SIPRI Yearbook 2016: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 20 Sep. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198787280/sipri-9780198787280-chapter-016-div1-103.xml
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