"The global situation remains unstable today. To improve the effectiveness of our strategic deterrence, support our nation’s status as a superpower and safeguard our national security, we must establish reliable and trustworthy nuclear deterrence capabilities and boost its nuclear counter-strike capabilities to strengthen the strategic balance of power," the PLA newspaper said in an op-ed.
After detailing how much the United States and Russia spent on strengthening their nuclear capabilities in recent years, the researchers stressed the importance of such capabilities.
"It is obvious that the nuclear states did not neglect to build their nuclear capabilities after new high-tech weapons appeared. Having nuclear capabilities is very important. It’s equally important to maintain modern nuclear capabilities that are not just for show," the op-ed said.
"We can draw the following inspirations from the Russian approach: First, build a defense system with its own special characteristics. Second, develop a specialized attack weapon system," the researchers noted in the op-ed.
The researchers stressed that China needs to learn from experiences of other countries when trying to lay a solid foundation for its national security strategy.