La in China has more launch sites than missiles with intercontinental range compared to United States. This was notified by the strategic command of the US armed forces to the Armed Services commission of the Senate and the House of Representatives in a letter dated January 26 but made public today by the "Wall Street Journal".
"The number of land-based sites, fixed or mobile, for launching ICBMs in China exceeds the number in the United States", reads the document, intended to fuel the debate in Washington on how to respond to the strong expansion of Beijing's military and nuclear capabilities in recent months. A debate to which the episode of the shooting down, last weekend, of a Chinese "spy balloon" which flew over the skies of Montana, where a part of the US intercontinental missile arsenal is deployed, is not extraneous.
According to the Pentagon, however, many of the launch sites in China are not currently operational and the United States continues to boast a higher number of missiles and nuclear warheads mounted on them. The notification from the strategic command also does not include in the count missile-capable submarines and long-range bombers, over which Washington has a clear superiority.
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