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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2019

SIPRI Yearbook 2019

V. Chinese nuclear forces

Chapter:
6. World nuclear forces
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2019
Author(s):
Shannon N. Kile, Hans M. Kristensen

China maintains an estimated stockpile of about 290 nuclear warheads. The size of the stockpile is increasing slowly. Around 250 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):
Kile, Shannon N., and Hans M. Kristensen. "6. World nuclear forces." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 15 Dec. 2019. <https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198839996/sipri-9780198839996-chapter-6-div1-038.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Kile, S., & Kristensen, H. (2016). 6. World nuclear forces. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2019: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 15 Dec. 2019, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198839996/sipri-9780198839996-chapter-6-div1-038.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Kile, Shannon N., and Hans M. Kristensen. "6. World nuclear forces." In SIPRI Yearbook 2019: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 15 Dec. 2019, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198839996/sipri-9780198839996-chapter-6-div1-038.xml
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