China, India, Pakistan boost nuclear arsenals, as tensions in SE Asia increase

June 3, 2013 CONFLICT Three of the world’s nuclear powers — China, India and Pakistan — have increased their arsenals over the past year, while the other five have cut their strength or kept it stable, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Monday. China now has 250 nuclear warheads against 240 in 2012, while Pakistan has increased its warheads by about 10 to between 100 and 120 and India has also added roughly 10 for a total of 90 to 110, SIPRI said in its annual report. According to SIPRI, the arms race is all the more disturbing because of what the institute called a “fragile” peace in Asia, characterized by growing tensions since 2008 between India and Pakistan, China and Japan, and the two Koreas, among others. “While states have avoided direct conflict with each other and have stopped supporting insurgent movements on each other’s territory, decades-old suspicions linger and economic integration has not been followed up with political integration,” SIPRI said. Only the two old superpowers have cut their warheads, Russia reducing its number from 10,000 to 8,500, and the United States scaling back from 8,000 to 7,700. The warheads controlled by France stayed at 300, while Britain’s remained at 225, and Israel’s at 80. SIPRI acknowledged that the figures were, to a large extent estimates, as the nuclear powers aren’t equally transparent, China being totally opaque, and Russia gradually becoming less open SIPRI does not count North Korea and Iran as nuclear powers yet, as their respective programs are still considered in their early stages. While the global total of warheads was down, SIPRI said it did not translate into a significantly diminished nuclear threat. “Once again there was little to inspire hope that the nuclear weapon-possessing states are genuinely willing to give up their nuclear arsenals. The long-term modernization programs under way in these states suggest that nuclear weapons are still a marker of international status and power,” said SIPRI Senior Researcher Shannon Kile. Efforts to reduce arsenals of chemical and biological weapons have also been slow, according to SIPRI, a long-time advocate of abolishing weapons of mass destruction. The United States and Russia have not destroyed all their chemical weapons in 2012 as promised, and Syria has said it is prepared to use them in the case of foreign attack. SIPRI figures also show that the number of peacekeepers deployed around the world fell by more than 10 percent in 2012, reflecting partly the beginning withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan. SIPRI noted an increase in recent years in the number of intrastate conflicts that are internationalized, as outside states have supported one side or another. –France 24
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8 Responses to China, India, Pakistan boost nuclear arsenals, as tensions in SE Asia increase

  1. Irene C says:

    This is not a comforting thought. God have mercy. Praying for cool heads and steady hands.


  2. Gia says:

    This is pathetic!!!


  3. Deirdre says:

    The news is coming faster than one can keep up with! Thank you for taking the time to post all this news.


  4. Big Daddy Chaz says:

    Israel is reported to have between 200-300 nukes. Why are their numbers so deflated in this report?


  5. china will have more nukes no doubt as will all these countries. We are entering the most dangerous time in known history as the illuminists are being exposed all over the world to survive they must begin the destruction soon. Only God can stop these powerful maniacs.


  6. archie1954 says:

    It is a huge mistake to consider the military memebers in Afghanistan as peacekeepers.I hope it is actually a mistake and not an attempt at misinformation.


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