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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2018

SIPRI Yearbook 2018

V. Chinese nuclear forces

Chapter:
6. World nuclear forces
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2018
Author(s):
Dan Smith

China maintains an estimated stockpile of about 280 nuclear warheads. The size of the stockpile has remained fairly stable over the past decade but is now increasing slowly. Around 234 warheads are assigned to China’s land- and sea-based ballistic missiles. The remainder are assigned to non-operational forces, such as new systems in development, operational systems that may increase in number in the future and reserves. China may also have some residual nuclear air-strike capability (see table 6.6). China’s nuclear warheads are believed to be ‘de-mated’ from their delivery vehicles—that is, stored separately and not available for immediate use.1

Citation (MLA):
Smith, Dan. "6. World nuclear forces." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198821557/sipri-9780198821557-chapter-6-div1-034.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Smith, D. (2016). 6. World nuclear forces. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2018: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198821557/sipri-9780198821557-chapter-6-div1-034.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Smith, Dan. "6. World nuclear forces." In SIPRI Yearbook 2018: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 19 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198821557/sipri-9780198821557-chapter-6-div1-034.xml
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