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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Phillip Karber
President Obama and other disarmament advocates continue to call for the total elimination of nuclear arms. This week, China's government signaled its intention to move in the opposite direction and expand and speed up its large-scale nuclear buildup.
Last week, President Obama feted communist China's Xi Jinping, the man who hopes to lead his country as it emerges as the world's next superpower. Mr. Xi must have been delighted to see press reports that his host is poised to end America's claim to such status - at least with respect to the traditional means of measuring it: nuclear weaponry.
One is Georgetown University's Phillip Karber, who has said the official U.S. estimate of 300 to 400 Chinese warheads does not square with the huge size of China's recently disclosed underground nuclear complex that includes 3,000 miles of nuclear tunnels dubbed the Underground Great Wall.