China will continue to 'modernise' nuclear arsenal: Ministry
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China Tuesday said it will continue to "modernise" its nuclear arsenal and called on the United States and Russia to reduce their stockpiles a day after global powers pledged to prevent such weapons spreading.
In a rare joint statement setting aside rising West-East tensions, the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France reaffirmed their goal of creating a world free of atomic weapons and avoiding a nuclear conflict.
The five nuclear powers also committed to full future disarmament from atomic weapons, which have only been used in conflict in the US bombings of Japan at the end of World War II.
But squaring that rhetoric with reality will not be easy at a time of heightened tension between those same global powers.
There are growing global concerns about China's military modernisation especially after its armed forces last year announced they had developed a hypersonic missile that can fly at five times the spread of sound.
Fu hit back at Washington's allegations.
"China has always adopted the no first use policy and we maintain our nuclear capabilities at the minimal level required for ou national security."
Ties between Beijing and Washington have been strained over a series of issues including China's intentions to reunite independently-governed Taiwan -- by force if necessary.
Fu dismissed speculation over the possibility of deploying nuclear weapons near the Taiwan Strait.
"Nuclear weapons are the ultimate deterrent, they are not for war or fighting," he said.