Reputation of China’s five major pro-nuclear countries a minimum stock of military nuclear material
People’s Liberation Army Second Artillery Force of the DF-21C equipped with medium-range missile base.
published May 9, according to the “Global Times” reported, one from Harvard University, said the latest study, five pro-nuclear countries in the world, the Chinese stock of nuclear material for military use is the lowest. The study suggests that China as early as the 1980s and 1990s to give up uranium reactor and plutonium reactor to increase the military construction, turned to the development of civil construction.
“The Times of India” 8 quoted U.S. subsidiary of Harvard University’s Kennedy School Bell Sherlock Center research report said that China now has 16 tons of military uranium, plutonium, 1.8 tons. The outside world than previously estimated China has 26 tons of uranium up to 6.6 tons of plutonium and the number is much lower. Harvard scholars engaged in the research Zhang Hui (phonetic) said China from 1987 to stop the military expansion of uranium reactors. 1990, related to the expansion of military plutonium reactor has been abandoned. China’s nuclear development began to civilian nuclear energy. These are available from detailed satellite images of the data to see. Report on the above findings give further details, said, Lanzhou, China’s nuclear plants started from the 1980s has been in operation, the nuclear plant is considered to have the ability to assemble 6-ton nuclear warhead, shoulder 90% of China’s military build uranium reactor . But since 1987, the plant has not been re-start the construction of military uranium reactors. In addition, China is responsible for military plutonium from the reactor building of nuclear power base in Jiuquan, Gansu and Sichuan Guangyuan plutonium reactor business point of view, in recent years, only the Jiuquan base production of 0.9 tons of military plutonium.
However, the Harvard study did not make India assured. “India Times” analysis, according to Hui data obtained from the U.S. Department of Energy, China’s military build plutonium reactor size of about 1.7 tons to 2.8 tons. This may be just a conservative estimate, “China’s neighbor India, but the pro-nuclear countries, nuclear threat still exists.” The report also cited research report that China’s current inventory of 240 nuclear warheads, some 175 are free to deployment, while 65 belong to wait for standby. “In addition, China has a stock of some warheads, it is not clear is not a nuclear warhead.”
“India Times” that although China’s current military nuclear materials inventory is limited, but enough to meet current modern use. Article speculated that if the United States to change defense policies, more large-scale missile defense systems and space weapons aimed at China, then China may be potential to expand the production scale intercontinental missiles, to enhance the verification of the military force. (Newspaper in India, a special correspondent Wang Chen-ni)
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