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Tipton to Trump Administration: U.S. Must Rein in China Through Nuclear Arms Control

June 16, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to President Trump and members of his Cabinet, encouraging further action be taken to reduce China’s nuclear arsenal. The letter highlights the growing concern that China’s Communist Party (CCP) has repeatedly lied about what it knew about the COVID-19 outbreak indicating that the regime has also not been transparent with its nuclear ambitions.

“We are writing to express our strong support for your commitment to ensuring China is included in meaningful U.S. arms control efforts,” the letter reads. “The Chinese Communist Party is an irresponsible predatory actor that has spent many years working against America’s interests. Even amid the global coronavirus crisis—which the CCP created with its lies and deception—the Chinese regime has put its aggressive nuclear ambitions on full display.

“Just recently, a CCP state media editorial said that China should expand its nuclear arsenal to 1,000 warheads, which according to some estimates would mean tripling the regime’s stockpile. The CCP was careful to note China’s specific need for “at least 100” DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the United States. This rhetoric underscores the need to cap China’s arsenal at existing levels—at a maximum—through effective arms control.

“The United States must contain China’s malign nuclear and conventional military ambitions. That includes fully funding efforts to increase U.S. readiness and lethality in the Indo-Pacific, continuing to develop advanced missile and missile defense capabilities, and modernizing all three legs of our nuclear triad. But, as you have rightfully said, Mr. President, it also means reining in China through effective arms control.”

The full letter and its signees can be found here.

This is the latest in Tipton’s efforts to hold the CCP accountable for years of human rights abuses, the COVID-19 coverup, intellectual property theft of American businesses and other wrongdoings. More on Tipton’s work here.