GOP: Pentagon Withholding Info On China’s Nuclear Arsenal

Lloyd Austin

At a glance

  • The Pentagon is withholding from Congress critical data on China’s rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal, which could outpace the United States’ own supply of the deadly weapons, according to a group of Republican lawmakers.
  • Four Republicans from the House and Senate Armed Services Committee are asking the Pentagon comply with a statute that mandates it provide unclassified information about China’s military might, including data that could show it is on pace to exceed the United States’ number of intercontinental missiles and nuclear warheads, according to a letter sent to the Pentagon.
  • “I’ve said it many times—we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to China’s growing military might,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.), one of the letter’s signers, wrote on Twitter. “The [Biden administration] must be open and honest with the American people about the threat Beijing poses to global order and our way of life.”

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