China accuses U.S. of 'cold war mentality' over nuke policy

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The United States has 20 times more nuclear warheads than China.

The review clarifies the US will use nuclear weapons only in "extreme circumstances", but those circumstances could include "significant non-nuclear strategic attacks".

Avoidance of "automaticity", a system where there is an automated retaliation in the form of a nuclear strike, and the need for new low-yield nuclear weapons are among the highlights of the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) of the USA government released over the weekend.

Gabriel was responding to a so-called Nuclear Posture Review released Friday by the Pentagon that details the United States military's vision of nuclear threats and its response in the coming decades.

"What we're trying to do is ensure that our diplomats and our negotiators are in a position to be listened to when we say we want to go forward on nonproliferation and arms control", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters ahead of the review's release Friday.

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China urged the United States to drop its "Cold War mentality" and not misread its military build-up and warned against running on anti-peace pathway, after Washington published a document on Friday outlining plans to expand its nuclear capabilities to deter others.

Russia's foreign minister called the move "confrontational" and expressed "deep disappointment".

The NPR states that both China and Russian Federation have "added new types of nuclear capabilities to their arsenals, increased the salience of nuclear forces in their strategies and plans, and engaged in increasingly aggressive behaviours, including in outer space and cyberspace".

The United States' so-called nuclear triad - the military's ability to launch and defend nuclear attacks with land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and air-launched cruise missiles - will remain critical to its nuclear deterrence strategy.

China has voiced its firm opposition to the new USA nuclear strategy that outlines plans to expand the country's nuclear capabilities.

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On Sunday, China joined worldwide condemnation of US nuclear policy.

Defense Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said "we hope the USA will abandon a Cold War mentality and earnestly shoulder its special and prior responsibility for its own nuclear disarmament".

The Pentagon document, which is largely in line with the previous review in 2010, said the U.S. would modify a small number of submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads with low-yield options.

This isn't the first time that China has used the Cold War label to denounce US policy.

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