[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yOTY2MzIyMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTcwNjMzNzMzN30.zzQTnZCsy8e3zUgpzgqjKHvAVYDi1KWyOojO7Yt0w-k%2Fimg.jpg%3Fwidth%3D1245%26coordinates%3D0%2C53%2C0%2C53%26height%3D700\u0026ho=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.rebelmouse.io\u0026s=582\u0026h=7877ca25eeced40804f18fc500d36e4df45debbd58a7f385394b1c84973366d4\u0026size=980x\u0026c=3417984327 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yOTY2MzIyMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTcwNjMzNzMzN30.zzQTnZCsy8e3zUgpzgqjKHvAVYDi1KWyOojO7Yt0w-k%252Fimg.jpg%253Fwidth%253D1245%2526coordinates%253D0%252C53%252C0%252C53%2526height%253D700%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fassets.rebelmouse.io%26s%3D582%26h%3D7877ca25eeced40804f18fc500d36e4df45debbd58a7f385394b1c84973366d4%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3417984327%22%7D" expand=1]People familiar with the thought process of China\u2019s leadership say that the Chinese government has begun to accelerate the development of its nuclear arsenal after reassessing the threat posed to mainland China by the United States.The Wallstreet Journal said that China\u2019s nuclear effort \u201clong predates Russia\u2019s invasion of Ukraine, but the U.S.\u2019s wariness about getting directly involved in the war there has likely reinforced Beijing\u2019s decision to put greater emphasis on developing nuclear weapons as a deterrent.\u201dIt is believed that Chinese leaders see a stronger nuclear arsenal as a way to deter the U.S. from involving itself in a potential future conflict over Taiwan.The Chinese government has also accelerated work on more than 100 suspected missile silos that could be used to store nuclear-tipped missiles in remote western regions of China. American officials and independent security analysts who study nuclear proliferation say they are unsure about what is motivating Beijing\u2019s race to develop its nuclear arsenal.The Wallstreet Journal reported that the \u201cpeople close to the Chinese leadership said China\u2019s increased focus on nuclear weapons is also driven by fears Washington might seek to topple Beijing\u2019s Communist government\u201d as American foreign policy becomes more hawkish towards China.American military officials and security analysts worry that China rapidly accelerating the development of its nuclear arsenal could embolden the Chinese Communist Party to launch a surprise nuclear strike. Reportedly, the Chinese government plans to maintain an arsenal \u201cno larger than necessary to ensure China\u2019s security interests.\u201dA person close to the leadership of China suggested that another reason Chinese leadership is rushing to strengthen its nuclear arsenal is so that the U.S. can\u2019t push them around on the geopolitical stage. The person said, \u201cChina\u2019s inferior nuclear capability could only lead to growing U.S. pressure on China.\u201dThis past year, the American security apparatus was caught entirely off guard as the Chinese government launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile into space that circled the earth before sailing towards its target on the planet\u2019s surface. An unnamed U.S. official said, \u201cWe have no idea how [China] did this.\u201dPeople familiar with the thinking of Chinese leadership have said that it is unlikely that Russian President Vladimir Putin\u2019s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has had an impact on the Chinese government\u2019s nuclear acceleration despite the lingering threat of Putin using a nuclear weapon against Ukraine causing immense anxiety within the international community. The Pentagon estimates that China will have 1,000 nuclear warheads by the end of this decade.