China has issued a nuclear warning to the United States amid ongoing international conflicts, raising concerns about potential conflicts between Beijing and Moscow. The Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States released a 145-page report, highlighting the lack of preparedness on the part of the U.S. to confront nuclear threats posed by both Russia and China. The report emphasizes that this poses an existential challenge for the United States unless leaders make immediate decisions.
The report was produced by a bipartisan group consisting of six Democrats and six Republicans after nearly a year of investigations. It characterizes the behavior of Russia and China as militarily troubling and increasingly aggressive, thereby elevating the risk of conflict between two nuclear-armed nations. The report also forecasts that China may achieve nuclear parity with the United States by the mid-2030s and explores worst-case scenarios, suggesting that U.S. leaders should adjust the country’s strategic stance and bolster its military modernization.
The report’s recommendation to prepare for potential simultaneous conflicts with both Russia and China is a cause for concern for some observers. The Global Times, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), expressed unease about this perspective. It warned that adopting any part of the report’s recommendations could harm world peace and ultimately backfire on the United States. The paper cautioned that those who play with fire may face dire consequences and advised politicians in Washington, D.C., to think carefully before taking actions against China.
It’s worth noting that this is not the first time China has issued warnings to the United States. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Global Times published an article that cautioned the U.S. about supporting Taiwan, indicating that such support could lead to conflict and potentially trigger consequences. This development highlights the complex and contentious nature of international relations and the importance of strategic decisions in an increasingly uncertain world.