Within two years China is expected to begin deploying a fleet of nuclear missile subs. Nuclear missile subs or "boomers"in Soviet, American and British fleets were a hallmark of Cold War I. Many credit their unstoppable retaliatory capability with underwriting the MAD (mutually assured destruction) reality that dampened both sides' appetite for nuclear war.
China in the meantime remains "the most
threatening" power in cyberspace and presents the largest challenge to
U.S. supply chain integrity, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review
Commission said in a draft of its 2012 report to the U.S. Congress.
is alone among the original nuclear weapons states to be expanding its
nuclear forces, the report said. The others are the United States,
Russia, Britain and France.
is "on the cusp of attaining a credible nuclear triad of land-based
intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic
missiles, and air-dropped nuclear bombs," the report says.
...The deployment of a hard-to-track,
submarine-launched leg of China's nuclear arsenal could have significant
consequences in East Asia and beyond. It also could add to tensions
between the United States and China, the world's two biggest economies.
Chinese effort to ensure a retaliatory capability against a U.S.
nuclear strike "would necessarily affect Indian and Russian perceptions
about the potency of their own deterrent capabilities vis-à-vis China,"
the report said, for instance.