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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2020

SIPRI Yearbook 2020

V. Chinese nuclear forces

Chapter:
10. World nuclear forces
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2020
Author(s):
Shannon N. Kile, Hans M. Kristensen

China has been slowly increasing the size of its nuclear weapon stockpile over the past decade. The pace of growth has increased in recent years with the fielding of new weapon systems. As of January 2020, China maintained an estimated total stockpile of about 320 nuclear warheads, compared with an estimated total of 260 warheads in 2015.1 Around 240 warheads are assigned to China’s operational land-and sea-based ballistic missiles and to nuclear-configured aircraft (see table 10.6). 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.

Citation (MLA):
Kile, Shannon N., and Hans M. Kristensen. "10. World nuclear forces." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 28 Nov. 2020. <https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198869207/sipri-9780198869207-chapter-010-div1-138.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Kile, S., & Kristensen, H. (2016). 10. World nuclear forces. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2020: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 28 Nov. 2020, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198869207/sipri-9780198869207-chapter-010-div1-138.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Kile, Shannon N., and Hans M. Kristensen. "10. World nuclear forces." In SIPRI Yearbook 2020: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 28 Nov. 2020, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198869207/sipri-9780198869207-chapter-010-div1-138.xml
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