China will rival the US and Russia in nuclear capability by the end of the decade, leading to a three-way face-off for the first time, an American commander said yesterday. Throughout the Cold War the US and Soviet Union were the only peer competitors, each with long-range nuclear weapons delivered by intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched missiles and strategic bombers. However, China has made such a rapid advance in nuclear weaponry that it will also have all three components — the nuclear triad — when its dedicated strategic bomber becomes operational. The H-20 is the first stealth bomber to be designed in China.
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