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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2013

SIPRI Yearbook 2013

V. Chinese nuclear forces

Chapter:
6. World nuclear forces
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2013
Author(s):
Shannon N. Kile, Hans M. Kristensen

Among the five legally recognized nuclear weapon states, China has long been the least transparent about its nuclear forces. The Chinese Government provides no official information about the size and composition of its nuclear forces. It is estimated that China maintains a total stockpile of about 250 nuclear warheads, indicating a gradual expansion of its nuclear arsenal. It is widely believed that in peacetime China stores its nuclear warheads in storage facilities separate from their delivery vehicles and that they are not ready for immediate launch.1 Of its planned triad of land, air and maritime nuclear forces, only the land-based ballistic missiles and nuclear-configured aircraft are currently considered operational: about 185 of the total stockpile of 250 warheads are assigned to these forces. None are deployed on delivery systems but are thought to be in central storage. The remaining warheads are assigned to non-operational forces, including new systems that are under development, operational systems that will increase in number in the future and spares (see table 6.6).

Citation (MLA):
Kile, Shannon N., and Hans M. Kristensen. "6. World nuclear forces." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 15 Dec. 2018. <http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780199678433/sipri-9780199678433-div1-39.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Kile, S., & Kristensen, H. (2016). 6. World nuclear forces. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2013: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 15 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780199678433/sipri-9780199678433-div1-39.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Kile, Shannon N., and Hans M. Kristensen. "6. World nuclear forces." In SIPRI Yearbook 2013: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 15 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780199678433/sipri-9780199678433-div1-39.xml
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