China deploying 'wartime' tactics on Taiwan says expert
Bilahari Kausikan, a former Singapore senior diplomat, has said that he does not expect the disagreement over Taiwan to result in a conflict. “During the U.S.-Soviet Cold War, which lasted for 40 years, nuclear deterrence kept the peace at least between the two principals. I think it will again keep the peace between the US and China,” Kausikan told CNBC, referring to Taiwan as the "most dangerous" tension in their relationship.
Both nations have a nuclear arsenal at their disposal. In a report to Congress, Pentagon statistics suggest China's may be relatively small – around the low 200s. The US has around 3,800 nuclear warheads.
Reuters have reported that China have started the construction of more than 100 new missile silos and the Pentagon expect their warhead stockpile to at least double.
The fact that both nations possess nuclear weapons may prevent the other from attacking in fear of nuclear retaliation.
Taiwan is a democratically ruled nation, however, China claims sovereignty over the island and has indicated plans on merging it with the mainland. There are concerns this will not happen peacefully.