Turner Statement on Discovery of 2nd New ICBM Base in China

Yesterday, I made the following statement in response to the discovery of a second new ICBM base in China:

The nuclear build-up underway by the Chinese Communist Party is unprecedented and makes clear they are deploying nuclear weapons to threaten the United States and our allies. We must remember that this is the same nation that covered up the origins of the Coronavirus and just last month, threatened Japan with a nuclear first strike. The CCP is not a responsible actor and cannot be trusted. The rapid expansion of its nuclear arsenal and refusal to negotiate in good faith on arms control is a blatant violation of Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It should be a cause for concern and condemned by all responsible nations.

I currently serve as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where I have jurisdiction over the nation's nuclear arsenal and missile defense systems. I also serve as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.


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