The nuclear option

“China is not developing hypersonic forces for some bolt out of the blue attack on America. It’s trying to lock the US and China into a deeper ‘mutual vulnerability’ stalemate, so the US cannot play the nuclear card in a conventional war, for example, over Taiwan”


Caitlin Talmadge, a nuclear expert at Georgetown University, talks to the Financial Times about China’s nuclear weapons buildup. In July the Chinese were the first to fly a hypersonic glide vehicle around the Earth (reportedly it could evade US defences by flying over the South Pole).

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