Why does Russia currently maintain 6,400 nukes with an economy 1/10 of China's if it's so expensive?This is exactly the reason why it bankrupted the former USSR. They spent too much resources on nukes and outspent US on resources. In the end, not even a single one was used except for testing and worse it resulted into the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Maintaining thusands of nukes is expensive. And there is no return of investment. Other that if somebody use them to harass other countries.
Which one is more practical, build 1000 nukes or lift 10 million people out of poverty?
I think current deterent system in China, is more than enough for rogue politicians to think more than twice to launch a nuclear attack against China.
It would be much more better to build more naval warships, precise missiles against surface ships, anti ballistic missile capabilities and enhanced anti submarine capabilities.