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    Chinese nuclear warheads could number as many as 3,000 according to the estimation. Does this estimate sound reasonable?

    The Chinese military tunnels stretch over 3,000 miles.

    For many students, university is an opportunity to enjoy new found freedom, make friends, and socialise.

    But Nick Yarosh, 22, an international politics senior at Georgetown University, Washington, had a very different experience.

    “…you ask people what they did in college, most just say I took this class, I was in this club”, he told the Washington Post.

    “I can say I spent it reading Chinese nuclear strategy and Second Artillery manuals. For a nerd like me, that really means something.”

    For the past three years, Yarosh and around two dozen student contemporaries have worked on a major project investigating a vast network of tunnels in China, dubbed the “Underground Great Wall”.

    The students were led by their Professor Philip A. Karber, a former Pentagon strategist during the Cold War who now lectures on arms-control. Together, they created a 363-page examination of the tunnels, which has not yet been released.

    However, in a feature in the Washington Post, the team revealed their startling conclusion: that China’s nuclear arsenal could be many times larger than the well-established estimates of arms-control experts.

    The tunnels, which run to more than 3,000 miles, were dug by the Second Artillery Corps, a secretive branch of the Chinese military, to conceal their country’s increasingly sophisticated ammunition.

    By translating hundreds of documents, reviewing satellite imagery, and trawling through online press reports, journals, photographs and videos, the students assembled a 1.4 million-word public database on China’s nuclear stockpile.

    They found that, based on the number of tunnels that the Second Artillery is digging, Chinese nuclear warheads could number as many as 3,000.

    The research has impressed the US Department of Defence, a Pentagon officer telling the Post:

    “I think it’s fair to say senior officials here have keyed upon the importance of this work.”

    But critics have questioned the Internet-based research of the students, which included sources such as Google Earth, blog posts, and even a fictionalized TV docudrama about Chinese artillery soldiers.

    Nevertheless, Mark Stokes, executive director of the Project 2049 Institute told the Post:

    “There’s no question China’s been investing in tunnels, and to look at those efforts and pose this question is worthwhile.”

    Read the Washington Post’s report on the story here.

    The Chinese military tunnels stretch over 3,000 miles.
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    They certainly gave some to North Koreans, the Chinese are modernizing their army pretty fast too.

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    The west will need intelligent leader to deal with this kind of problem, we have two ways confrontation or the diplomacy.

    Confrontation will put the world into a nuclear war.

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    China is estimated to have about 240-260 nuclear warheads. However, other sources showed evidence of a much larger arsenal. For China, it's not the size of the arsenal that counts, it's how you use it. China has always maintained a small nuclear force. Nuclear weapons are also expensive. It will cost the United States an estimated $1 trillion over the next 30 years, to maintain the existing nuclear arsenal. With its smaller, more cost-effective arsenal, China has had the time and money to project greater sea power, than ever before. China is working on nuclear platforms in South China Sea. The nuclear platforms will supposedly be used to support the country’s projects in the disputed region. As a nuclear weapons power, China today must be treated as dangerous as the Soviets in the late 1970's, or more so, because of the strength of the Chinese economy.

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