China on Faster Pace to Develop Nuclear Triad, According to Pentagon, Analysts

Thanks to an accelerated development of its Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) fleet, China is closer to creating a nuclear triad force than had been previously believed, according to the Pentagon and defence analysts. "We're certainly tracking what they're doing with ballistic-carrying missile [submarines]," Assistant Secretary...

Thanks to an accelerated development of its Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) fleet, China is closer to creating a nuclear triad force than had been previously believed, according to the Pentagon and defence analysts.

"We're certainly tracking what they're doing with ballistic-carrying missile [submarines]," Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver said on 3 May during a Pentagon briefing on the Defense Department's 2 May release of its annual report of Chinese military capabilities.

While Shriver said he would stop short at saying China had started to develop a triad, he added, "It looks like they're headed in that direction - toward having a capable delivery system in three domains, to have a triad."

Source: www.janes.com