Friday, December 31, 2010
The Chinese Nuclear Weapons by the Project 2049 Institute
The name of the Project 2049 Institute is not widely known in the Asian region. The institute was established in January 2008. According to its home page “the organization fills a gap in the public policy realm through forward-looking, region-specific research on alternative security and policy solutions (Webside of Project 2049 Institute)” in the Asian region including South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Japan. Some staff members are former Pentagon officials, such as Iran Brzezinski, former deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Randall Schriver, former acting deputy Secretary of Defense. On 12 March 2010, Mark A. Stokes, who served 20 years in the Air Force and worked in the Defense Department, published the report titled China’s Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System. He disclosed the Chinese central storage complex in Baoji/Taibai Mountain, along with 6 other sites. China has totally 450 nuclear weapons in the central storage complex, and usually transports these nuclear weapons by using the highways and railways in the middle of the night.