Nuclear threats seem to be the norm now

 

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In January, President Biden agreed with China’s Defense Department to extend the New START Treaty, which is normally limited to 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads.

New START limits all ICBMs deployed by Russia, including any Russian nuclear warhead loaded onto an ICBM that can reach the United States of America in about 30 minutes.  Today, there are no countries producing “new nuclear warheads,” although the US, Russia, and China continue to produce nuclear warheads designed and tested before each signed the Total Test-Ban Treaty in 1996.

I believe that there is no one in the United States today who would seriously propose to trade their stocks of nuclear weapons and the nuclear triad with the stocks of Russia or China. I also think that both Russia and China, however strange it may sound, are fundamentally afraid that the United States will be the first to use nuclear weapons.

So I was a strong supporter of the ratification of this treaty, which I know is under consideration by the Senate, but I just think it’s in the interests of the United States to prevent Russia and China from being able to conduct nuclear tests. weapons, because I believe that under the current moratorium, we have a significant advantage over these countries and our ability to maintain and, whatever you want to call it, modernize or modify our existing stocks.

In the wake of Russia and China’s strengthened ties, the U.S. admiral who oversees America’s nuclear forces said Tuesday he is “very concerned” about potential “cooperative aggression” from the two nations.

As China refuses to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and a day after China’s foreign minister called Russia his country’s “most important strategic partner,” U.S. Strategic Command’s chief, Adm. Chas Richard, said his organization must have plans ready for scenarios in which the two collaborate.

“I’m very concerned about what opportunistic aggression looks like. I’m worried about what cooperative aggression looks like,” Richard told the Senate Armed Services Committee, adding that his command’s job includes deterring them both.  ‘defense news’

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been heralded as marking the end of the post-Cold War period, and the start of (or return to) a more dangerous era of great power conflict. Given China’s recent reaffirmation of its “no limits” partnership with Russia, and the release of an unprecedented Sino-Russia joint statement just 20 days before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine, Beijing’s role in Putin’s war of aggression has rightly come under scrutiny.

While it’s still too soon to know how the war in Ukraine ends and what role Beijing will play through its course, China’s choices will be pivotal in shaping not just the outcomes of the immediate crisis, but also the new order that rises from the ashes.

There’s been much debate about whether and to what extent Chinese President Xi Jinping knew about Putin’s coming invasion. Some experts have made the case that Beijing seems to have been “played” by Russia, citing its distrust of Western intelligence and most critically, the failure of the Chinese embassy in Kyiv to evacuate the 6,000-plus Chinese nationals in Ukraine.

A recent bombshell report in the New York Times suggests that “senior Chinese officials had some level of direct knowledge” of Moscow’s plans and warned their Russian counterparts not to invade before the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The report does also note, however, that there were “varying interpretations” by different intelligence services.  ‘brookings.edu’

Now that it looks as if the new norm is threatening nuclear war whenever a superpower wants to attack any other country. That leaves the most important question, who will be the first to act on their threat? God help us if this happens.

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