Three Republicans serving in Congress urged President Biden to halt the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) nuclear weapons expansion in a joint letter, warning that failure to act could lead to “a degree of nuclear parity” between China and the United States by 2030, posing imminent danger to the entire world.
Top Republicans on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence committees press President Biden to create a “comprehensive interagency strategy” to stop the CCP’s nuclear buildup.
In a letter to the president, obtained and published by Fox News, Mike Rogers, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, Michael McCaul, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Devin Nunes, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, described the threat regarding the CCP military’s development of nuclear weapons.
“We write to you today concerning the growing threat posed by the rapid Chinese nuclear build-up, as well as the unwillingness of the Chinese Communist Party to engage with the United States in good faith arms control negotiations,” Rogers, McCaul, and Nunes wrote.
The letter was sent days after Admiral Charles Richard, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, testified before Congress stating that the Chinese regime has developed nuclear weapons to a troubling degree and reported that China’s nuclear arsenal is estimated to double in the next 10 years.
On the other hand, the Annual Threat Assessment presented to Congress in April of this year by Director Avril Haines of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence mentioned that the Chinese regime was deploying a full nuclear strike structure, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear-capable bombers, and nuclear ballistic missile submarines.
The congressmen continued their letter by stating, “Combined, these statements by Admiral Richard and Director Haines mean that China is likely to reach a degree of nuclear parity with the United States by the end of the decade.”
The CCP had been refusing, during the Trump administration, to “engage in ‘good faith’ negotiations on arms reductions,” even though China is a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which obligates it to negotiate the dismantling of weapons development, the exact opposite of continuing its production without informing member countries, as it is doing.
Another issue that raises inevitable suspicions about the Chinese regime’s development of nuclear weapons is that it has never made public the size of its nuclear arsenal, only emphasizing its nuclear self-defense strategy and its no-first-use policy at any time or under any circumstances, but has never made an open and honest statement about its weapons situation.
Rogers, McCaul, and Nunes requested that President Biden take action and provide appropriate strategies to get the Chinese regime to enter into “meaningful arms control negotiations, either bilaterally or trilaterally,” while arguing that the strategy should include “the full use of our diplomatic, military, intelligence, and sanctions toolbox to bring them to the table.”