A United States university students’ project has stumbled upon figures that China’s could have 3,000 nuclear warheads, many times larger than the well established estimates of arms-control experts, sounding alarm bells in Pentagon.
Georgetown University students logging into sources as disparate as Google Earth, blogs and military journals have come out with an exhaustive research report claiming that the Chinese have built a vast network of secret underground tunnels to hide a sophisticated missile and nuclear arsenal.
Calling it “Underground Great Wall”, the students pushed on by their hard charging professor, a former top Penatgon official, have said in the report that China could have as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads, far higher than the current estimates which range from 80 to 400, Washington Post reported.
The 363-page study, which according to the Post has not been published yet has claimed that Chinese Second Artillery Corps- designated to handle nuclear weapons- has dug thousands of miles of tunnels across the country to disperse the nukes and keep them away from prying eyes in the sky.
The study is yet to be released, but Washington Post said it has already sparked a Congressional hearing and been circulated among top officials in the Pentagon including the Air Force vice chief of staff.
The students’ professor, Philip Karber, 65, spent the Cold War as a top strategist reporting directly to the secretary of defence and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the paper said.
US official could not be reached to comment on the report, Washington Post said.
by krishna krishna (View MyPage) on Dec 02, 2011 03:02 AM
what would any country do with 3000 nuclear war heads i wonder. do they really ever use that many ?? why every major country pocess that many nuclear warheads..any way they never gonna use that many. 5 -6 are far enough for any country to have i believe.
by Telveer (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 08:26 PM
US the USSR entered into a nuclear arms race during the cold war and created thousands of nuclear bombs. Now, their headache is to maintain and contain these numbers. Looks like China does not want to learn from others mistakes (but then, China is a pure copy cat, so it probably just copied what US and USSR did during the coldwar blindly). A nuclear weapon is a lifetime liability. Lifetime of the weapon – not the people. If not properly taken care of, it will cause more harm to its master than to the enemy. If true, this large stockpile of weapons will drain Chinas economy just in basic upkeep. Nuclear weapons are not meant to be offensive weapons. Their main role is as a peace-keeper. So, there is no point in having thousands of them stockpiled. It is pure stup1d1ty.
waste of money and resources
by Mr Walker (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 05:35 PM
if this is true then chinese are wasting money and resources
it does not matter if they ahve 30000
by Karthik Varma (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 04:59 PM | Hide replies
because, one or two nukes are enough to smash a city for decades…If china attacks, it will also be attacked….as per estimates, India has around 80 – 100. Out so many nukes we have, 3 or 4 are enough to wipe out 4 cities even if others dont reach the target due to defense shields etc etc…we should be worried if we dont have even those 3 or 4. BTW, its applicable to China that they can damage Indian cities…so in summary, both countries are at loss
Re: it does not matter if they ahve 30000
by sandeep singla (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 08:39 PM
Only US and India are in advanced stages of developing a creditble missile defence sheild. for china, it is more media circulation and hype then something concrete.
by Force Kirpan (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 03:56 PM | Hide replies
made in china ..after one year 2000 of them won’t work ….after two years …they have to start building from zero.
Indo china talk should go on..
by bihari babu (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 01:20 PM | Hide replies
we cant just go on accumulating nuclear weapon. there is no end to it. learn from europe. they are merging as one nation. educataed and mature peple of india and china should keep trying to promote understanding. there is no end to arms and weapon. when so much work is needed to make life better.
by zubair shighrekar (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 01:13 PM | Hide replies
A United States university students’ project has stumbled upon figures that China’s could have 3,000 nuclear warheads
its just a student project study nothing authentic and hence no need to believe suchCRAP!!!!!
by Bingo (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 11:52 AM | Hide replies
earth can be destroyed 300 times with such amount of warheads….USA,Russia and now china are really dumb nations..
3000 is not enough
by Ramadas (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 11:38 AM | Hide replies
1000 for India, 1000 for Russia and 1000 for USA. As producers of shoddy products, some warheads might just not take off. Then there is Japan, S Korea, Vietnam and Australia to think of. They need at least another 1000.
Re: 3000 is not enough
by sparx sparx (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 12:04 PM
China makes products depending on demand. Shoddy countries get shoddy products. Best IT hardware comes from China including laptops/iphones/ipads/pcs chips etc
chinese are suicidal-3000 n war head with less nuclear knowledge
by jackol (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 11:17 AM | Hide replies
Chinese are suicidal . What are they going to do with 3000 nuclear war head. Their nuclear knowledge is very much less than pakistanis. One nuclear accident can create a havoc in asia. It is very clear from the failure of russian communist that people will get frustrated today or tommorow . Crazy . World should bann the nuclear bombs.
by Force Kirpan (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 11:03 AM | Hide replies
big deal … who knows how many nukes we have…. such matters are always kept under wraps…just like our nuclear test in 1998… cia got a shocker at that time ..else US would have thwarted the tests by arm-twisting vajpayee govt.
BE RESPECT EVERY NATION!
by shailesh ture (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:49 AM | Hide replies
I AM INDIAN BUT… CHINA IS MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN ALL CATEGORIES COMPARE TO INDIA… WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THE FACT…. BUT OUR MILITERY OFFICIALS & POLITICIANS MAKING PEOPLE FOOL BY GIVING WRONG INFORMATION…. IF CHINA DECIDES TO MAKE WAR WITH INDIA IT IS NOT AT ALL DIFFICULT FOR THEM….BUT IT IS NOT SUCH COUNTRY LIKE US WHO WILL WASTE ITS MONEY IN SUCH NONSENCE THINGS… IT IS THE COUNRY WHO REALLY CARES THEIR PEOPLES & NOT LIKE OUR GOVT….
Re: BE RESPECT EVERY NATION!
by om shanti (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:57 AM
That is the real fact.China just needs 15 days to totally destruct India.
We donot have that capability to face that.
In spite of this reality,our media will keep on f1ngering China all the time.
China power is a hype
by Jaihindbandemataram (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:47 AM | Hide replies
No one listen to China compare to America, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Russia, Japan etc.
China is grabbing land of its neighbour whereas America is also grabbing but in exchange of dollers.
China, North Korea, Pakistan may cause some danger to earth but if they try to do that then their existance will be in question.
China is so scared
by srinivas satyanarayan (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:45 AM | Hide replies
they are trying to do any thing and every thing to show they are superior. over smartness gets it’s own medicine, like what happened to US supporting anti social for their sake, finally got pounded by their own wepon. same going to happen with china. men can’t be superior than almighty is the truth. take nepolean, hitler, gaddaffi, saddam husain etc. all met their deserved end so will be with China
Reminds me of the quote…
by Bala (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:45 AM | Hide replies
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
China and India
by balakrishna (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:38 AM | Hide replies
China used to have the world’s best army in the world in ancient days. Mangols and Later Britishers destroyed their army and West advanced China later!! So, China’s ambitions to be the best in the army across the world again!!
India was the richest country in the world in ancient days. Invaders stolen the wealth of India now India is a poor country!! So, Indian policies are such that it again wants to be the richest country in world.
China is not a fool
by karthick B (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:38 AM | Hide replies
China is not a fool to have 3000 warheads.It is way more than necessary, it is not going to nuke the whole world.Do u think china is going to waste money for such a useless cause.It might have 100-250 not more than that. This is baseless info by some students.
by anwar mirza (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:31 AM | Hide replies
We have been hearing such news earlier on also. At the time when India carried out Pokhram – II in 1998, AN ‘EXPERT’ had said that India’s military might probably is underestimated. India could be in possession of 450 nuclear warheards on par with China or maybe on par even with France.
Well, nothing came out after that and people also realized that this could be an overhyped news just to cause a commotion and panic in the minds of our neighbours.
While it is true that China does have a nefarious plan and it wants to be a superpower, such news seems quite hard to believe
What a foolishness
by aftab (View MyPage) on Dec 01, 2011 10:24 AM | Hide replies
China hides more than it reveals wheras we in India reveal more than we hide to hog credit .
China alongwith USA with so much of nuclear arm are the enemy of humanity.