China will have a stockpile of 1,500 nuclear warheads “by 2035,” according to Western officials who worry that technological advances and geopolitical acrimony have raised the potential for nuclear conflict.
“We are now entering a time when transformative technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing may add uncertainty to the balance of power and make the question of when to use WMD more complicated, not less,” Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Tuesday. “Those leaps forward bring a new degree of fear and uncertainty, along with promise.”
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Those technological advances could complicate strategic decision-making under any circumstances, but Russia
’s campaign to overthrow the Ukrainian government has raised the specter of nuclear weapons on the battlefield. And that war could figure as a portent