Pentagon released a report warning the US and its allies about China’s rapid increase of nuclear warheads. According to their intelligence gathering, China has amassed 400 nuclear warheads in the span of two years.

This pace is lighting up all the red flags for Pentagon as China continues to confront Taiwan about its independence.

The dwindling US advantage over China in terms of its Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program is just one indicator of the Asian powerhouse’s alarming increase in its nuclear arsenal in recent years. From building new facilities to modernizing existing ones, China’s capabilities have been steadily increasing at an unprecedented rate due to various factors, such as technological advancements and economics. The US is not the only country concerned about this rise either; many countries worldwide are now worried about how their balance of power could be affected by a bigger nuclear force than their own.

“We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to China’s growing military might,” Inhofe wrote on Twitter, where he publicized the letter. “The [Biden administration] must be open and honest with the American people about the threat Beijing poses to global order and our way of life.”

In terms of physical components, it is estimated that China currently possesses around 400 nuclear warheads, with more than half already being equipped for delivery on ballistic missiles. In contrast, the US, Russia, France, Great Britain, and India all possess significantly larger stockpiles (between 500-900 warheads). The US’ nuclear arsenal has an estimated 3,800 warheads in active status. China is reportedly looking to increase its stockpile to 1,500 by 2035.