At Free Beacon by Bill Gertz --
China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile
with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic
shift in Beijing's strategic nuclear posture.
The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out earlier
this month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles,
or MIRVs. The test of the inert warheads was monitored closely by U.S.
intelligence agencies, said two officials familiar with reports of the
The test of a missile with 10 warheads is significant
because it indicates the secretive Chinese military is increasing the
number of warheads in its arsenal.
Estimates of China's nuclear arsenal for decades put the
number of strategic warheads at the relatively low level of around 250