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China’s New Missile Silos

July 1, 2021

Episode Notes:

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that China is building is over 100 new missile silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles in China’s Gansu province. The reporting is based on research from Jeffrey Lewis and Dexter Eveleth from the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, who discovered the silos using commercial satellite imagery.


James Acton — the Jessica T. Mathews Chair and is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace — joins the Warcast to discuss what the new missile silos mean for China’s nuclear program, U.S. national security, and the prospects for arms control between Beijing and Washington.


[ 01:04 ] Why is this a big deal?

[ 02:33 ] How will China “use” these new silos?

[ 04:45 ] What are the implications for U.S. national security and strategic stability?

[ 07:13 ] Warheads and missiles

[ 09:02 ] What are the prospects for arms control in light of this and also in light of the politics of arms control on Capitol Hill?

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