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Media: China must enhance strategic nuclear forces

(People's Daily Online)

08:25, September 11, 2012

Translated by People's Daily Online

According to U.S. media reports, the U.S. military has detected at least three strategic missile tests from the Second Artillery Force of the PLA within the last month. It is speculated that they are JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, Dongfeng-41 surface-to-surface multiple-warhead missiles and Dongfeng-5 multiple-warhead long-range missiles.

The U.S. side has paid special attention to the Dongfeng-41. It is said that the Dongfeng-41 can carry 10 nuclear warheads, which means it will be difficult for the U.S. missile defense system to intercept. In addition, the Chinese military had publicly announced last month that most strategic missiles of the Second Artillery Force of the PLA can be launched by vehicle-mounted launchers. It means that China's land-based nuclear weapons have a valid viability when suffering a nuclear attack and can launch a second nuclear strike.

The combination of all these pieces of information shows that China has a believable and powerful nuclear deterrent. It is the footstone for China to guarantee its national security in the complex international environment and the foundation for the United States or the West to have to show a certain-level strategic respect to China.

The society of China is busy doing the arduous, specific and complex construction of people's livelihood, and the nuclear topic has almost been forgotten by the public. Currently, it even seems to be unsuitable to talk about the nuclear power's significance to the Chinese people. However, the urgent international situation will not change because of the domestic pace of China and China must make preparations in all aspects.

China must accelerate upgrading and strengthening its nuclear deterrent and make it real and believable. China should change its past nuclear image, explore the possibility of using the nuclear deterrent to change China's strategic environment peacefully but firmly and make China a large country that no country dare provoke easily.

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