The Chinese authorities express protest in connection with the US statements on the excessive build-up of China's nuclear arsenal and the presence of a "Chinese nuclear threat." This is reported on the website of the Chinese security department.
"China has always maintained a restrained position in the development of nuclear weapons and has always kept its nuclear forces at the minimum level necessary for national security," the report said.
The department stressed that China always adheres to the principle of not using nuclear weapons first under any circumstances, and also not to use it at all, including against non-nuclear countries, and to threaten by it against other states.
"We hope that the United States, together with the Chinese side, will take a step towards each other, so that the relations between the armed forces of the two states become a stabilizing factor of bilateral relations, as well as for joint protection of regional and global peace, stability and prosperity," the Chinese Defense Ministry added.
The Chinese Defense Ministry expressed hope that Washington "will correctly understand China's strategic tasks, objectively look at the Chinese national defense and the structure of the army and take an example, building relations between the US military and China, which will become a stabilizing factor."