November 30th, 2011
07:33 PM ET

Is China hiding larger nuclear arsenal underground?

China may be hiding a major secret about its nuclear capability deep underground. But not deep enough to keep a group of American college students from finding it.  But the group's claims that China's arsenal is far bigger than previously believed has some questioning the findings.
CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence has the story.

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  4. sonar

    Designed and developed by America, manufactured in China. Harvard business model. Good for US capitalist. Kills middle income US families. Good for socialist China. Middle income US families now depends on social security checks. Years later, thinks and behaves like a socialist.

    January 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  5. headshacker

    whatever the number,who cares. two guys in a room up to there knees in gasoline, one guy has a match, the other has ten matches. Result is the same.

    December 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  6. Jim Miller

    Are we really surprised the Chinese want to build a nuclear deterrent that would survive a U.S. first strike? Google "nuclear primacy".

    December 19, 2011 at 8:24 am | Reply
  7. Charles Baldwin

    When I was just a Kid we had the Russians, now we have the Chinese.....Someday, If we survive, I suppose we will have the Iranians....

    December 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • Jim Miller

      We started viewing China as the next peer, or near-peer (translate to threat), as soon as the Soviet Union fell on Christmas Day of 1991.

      December 19, 2011 at 8:27 am | Reply
  8. dewey

    100's or 1000's honestly makes no difference . the war heads would be armed when launched . a armed nuclear war head being shot down will cause a larger range fall out than the same nuke hitting its mark. The only thing that would be saved by "shooting it down " is the point of impact damage ,
    So instead of fast clean death from the point of impact and a calculable range of fall out, we would end out with alot of slow painful death from drift clouds of nuclear radiation . On the plus side the slower death will allow the world governments time to launch even more nukes in retaliation increasing the death clouds and ensuring all life on this planet comes to a swift end.
    100's or 1000's the out comes the same when a world leader is pushed to the point of deploying nukes we all die.

    December 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  9. dreamer96

    When we use satellites to look for oil deep under ground we see things like this....they can not be hidden, what is inside these underground places can be shielded from the radars, but the very existence of the shields says "Hey we have something we don't want you to see here....", so that makes them more interesting to us...Russia looks down on us, and we look down on them...China might want to keep that in mind...

    December 16, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
  10. Jason

    Does it even matter? What is the difference between 100 nukes and a thousand? The fallout from either would be the end for most. How about these world leaders put their johnsons back in their pants, and determine a common goal for humanity? The federal government first needs dealt with, though.

    December 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • connor

      The difference is that 100 nuclear missiles with mirv's could possibly be defeated by Ground based mid course defense. On the other hand 1000 nuclear missiles with mirvs and decoys could prove very difficult for us missile defense systems to handle. Another key difference is the level of deterent the united states might feel is needed. If the PRC continues to stockpile you will see and increase in american and indian nuclear missiles and capabilities, then because of this russia and pakistan will make mroe missiles and defense's. so on and so forth. not good. Things are bad enough already, but the dance is such that we cannot stop.

      December 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  11. Chicagorich

    That is quite a feat of construction. 3000 miles may not mean 3000 missiles though. If they were concerned about a first strike against them, they would have the ability to disperse a smaller number of missiles over a larger area in relative secrecy. Still the lack of transparency, or arms control treaty is of concern. It would be possible to hide enough missiles to take out our land based missiles in a first strike if they could blind us for a bit, which with their cyber warfare and electronic capabilities is not out of the question. I don't think that they are crazy though, but I would still wish to see transparency and an arms limiting treaty with them to help to safeguard the World's future. It is quite likely that they currently have the third largest nuclear arsenal in the World even now, as the numbers are not really known.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:09 am | Reply
  12. James

    Looks like China borrowed advice from our Founding Father's and built a strong "Department of Defense" and invested the rest in jobs, rather than an expensive "Department of Aggressive Offense and Endless War" like our leaders have done.
    I love the US Constitution, I do not like the US Federal Government, they are nothing like the US Constitution. How come we let that happen?

    December 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • mc

      The US Constitution is an outdated and worthless document. It was a great document but it really needs to be updated so that it continues to work.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:20 am | Reply
      • tiscuit

        wow... you have a problem with our constitution i have a good idea for you. get the fuck out. that outdated document was supposed to be the back bone of this country. its morons like you that will be the death of this country not nukes.

        December 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
      • Kevin

        Outdated? Worthless? I don't think so. Perhaps you speak of yourself.

        December 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  13. USminority

    To deep underground American college students: Not one of you had a camera phone when you happened to stumble upon the largest secret underground nuclear arsenal?

    December 9, 2011 at 3:19 am | Reply
    • mc

      Make sense next time you leave a comment.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:21 am | Reply
  14. g.r.r.

    There have been plenty of reports of China hiding nukes and other items. Is this surprising to anybody?

    December 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  15. Skeptic

    Georgetown's own urban legend.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  16. albert

    Oh, is China still a country? Did not know that.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  17. Robert B

    There is a lot about China that we don't know. We do know that they probably have the largest man army in the world. So the same can probably be said about their arsenal. They often side with extreme regimes and in the next world war (which may be coming very soon) they will probably be on the other side mainly because that is where much of their business in world trade is done.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • mc

      It appears that they are in an economic war with the US too, but you can't really blame the Chinese. Other than hacking and manipulating their currency, they are just being very smart and killing us economically.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:24 am | Reply

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