“The number of China’s nuclear warheads must reach the quantity that makes US elites shiver should they entertain the idea of engaging in a military confrontation with China.”
He also voiced his support for “rapidly” building up the number of commissioned nuclear warheads, an intercontinental ballistic missile, DF-41s and strategic missiles that have “long-range” capacity.
It follows Mr Biden’s approval of extra weapons being shipped to Australia in preparation for a potential clash.
Chinese hostility in the South China Sea has led to cooperation between the US and Australia’s militaries.
Karen Andrews, Australia’s Home Affairs Minister, stressed that the move was a “message” but that the two nations were not “alarmed”.
She said: “It’s sending a very strong message that we are alert, we are not alarmed.
“But we are doing all that we can to be prepared.”