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The big picture: China sprints to catch up in U.S.-Russia arms race

Xi Jinping reviews Chinese troops in 2017. Photo: Xinhua/Li Gang via Getty Images

China is conducting an average of five simulated tests per month as it develops a more advanced nuclear arsenal, the South China Morning Post reportsthat’s about five times as many tests as the U.S. typically conducts.

Why it matters: Russia is also stepping up its nuclear weapons program, with Vladimir Putin claiming to have developed an "unstoppable" nuclear missile and President Trump warning of a new "arms race." China is entering that race as it builds up its military strength and seeks to solidify its superpower status.