China to Become Nuclear Superpower
Chinese People’s Liberation Army
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APRIL 21, 2023
China is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear superpower, according to the United States Pentagon. On Changbiao Island, over 100 miles off the coast of the mainland, scientists are building two new fast-neutron nuclear breeder reactors. These highly efficient reactors produce more nuclear fuel than they consume.
Chinese authorities claim these reactors are designed to generate electricity for civilian purposes. However, the two combined can create 400 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium each year. According to ScienceDirect, a nuclear warhead requires 4 to 5 kilograms of plutonium. These two new reactors will be capable of churning out 80 to 100 nuclear warheads a year.
China is in the middle of a big buildup of its nuclear-weapon arsenal. My belief is that one of the purposes of these reactors is to produce weapons-grade plutonium for that buildup.
—Frank von Hippel, physicist and nuclear-policy expert
nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that China is estimated to have “1,500 warheads by 2035.” It is believed it has approximately 400 now.
Breeder reactors are powered by uranium, which is then converted into plutonium through radioactive decay. Where does China obtain its uranium?
cru analyst Toktar Torbay estimated last year that China has stockpiled over 144,000 tons of uranium in the past decade alone. The World Population Review lists it as the eighth top producer of uranium in the world. Last May, massive uranium deposits were discovered in China that could increase total uranium reserve to more than 2.4 million tons.
Despite its vast quantities of uranium, the nuclear material for these particular reactors is being supplied by Russia. Over the past few months, the nuclear power company Rosatom, headquartered in Moscow, has shipped 30 tons of highly enriched uranium to China for the production of these reactors. Why is China receiving uranium from Russia? It’s all about strengthening an alliance.
Russia is currently the leading nuclear superpower in the world, with an estimated 5,900 nuclear warheads; the United States trails close behind with 5,300. It would take China decades to catch up to them. When partnered with Russia, however, the combined Asiatic superpower yields a nuclear arsenal that far surpasses the U.S. Russia and China’s nuclear force is on a steep, upward trajectory. And there are no signs of it slowing down.
This is a cause for deep concern in America.
In an interview with Fox News last week, President Donald Trump explained: “The biggest problem we have in the world—it’s not global warming—it’s nuclear warming. And all it takes is one madman and you’re going to have a problem the likes of which the world has never seen. And it’s only a matter of seconds. You don’t have to wait 200 to 300 years for it to happen.”
In recent months, experts have warned that Russia is becoming increasingly dependent on China. The New York Sun referred to Russia as “China’s Little Brother.” These assertions increased following Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow last month. Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to give Beijing massive discounts and is now conducting trade in China’s currency. Many analysts believe China is taking the lead in their partnership.
The Trumpet has a somewhat different warning.
The alliance between Russia and China is prophesied in the Bible. Ezekiel 38 states that the leader of this Asiatic bloc is “the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” (verse 2). Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has identified Putin as this “prince of Rosh.” (Read The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’ for proof.)
According to Bible prophecy, Russia, led by Putin, will be at the head of this Asian alliance. Could China’s reliance on Russia for uranium factor into this dynamic? Learn more by requesting our free booklets Russia and China in Prophecy and Nuclear Armageddon Is ‘At the Door.’