China is not giving the United States a break as it will reportedly send nuclear submarines out to the Pacific Ocean. The decision to deploy nuclear weapons to the disputed region comes at a time when the G7 expressed strong opposition about breaking status quo in the area. Is China igniting world war?
Nuke Submarines on Their Way to South China Sea
The deployment of the nuclear missiles and submarine will be the first of its kind in the Pacific Ocean. According to reports, Beijing said that the US weapons systems have progressed greatly that they undermine China’s present deterrent force. This has prompted Beijing to send their nuke-armed submarines.
Chinese officials refused to comment on the maiden patrol’s timing but emphasized that such decision is necessary, according to The Guardian. The officials pointed out the plans of the United States to deploy Thaad anti-ballistic system in South Korea including the creation of hypersonic glide missiles that could potentially target China within just half an hour following launch.
In fact, it could be noted that the Pentagon predicted that such could happen.
“China will probably conduct its first nuclear deterrence patrol sometime in 2016,” said the report.
China versus G7
The United States is not the only participant that China should be worried about considering the G7 expressed strong opposition over military conduct in the South China Sea that breaks status quo. China expressed its disappointment over the joint declaration.
“China is strongly dissatisfied with what Japan and the G7 have done. It is hoped that G7 countries would take an unbiased and just position, honor their commitment of not taking sides on territorial disputes, stop making irresponsible remarks and do more things that contribute to regional peace and stability,” The Philippine Star quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.
“China is firmly against certain countries slinging mud at China under the pretext of upholding the freedom of navigation,” added the official.