REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsBEIJING, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A U.S. Pentagon report saying China will probably have more than 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030 was filled with prejudice and distorts facts, and China had no intention of engaging in a nuclear arms race, its foreign ministry said on Friday.
The Pentagon said in an annual report released on Thursday that China had more than 500 operational nuclear warheads in its arsenal, as of May.
The report added that China's Navy had more than 370 ships and submarines, up from the 340 ships last year.
"As long as any country does not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against China, it will not be threatened by China's nuclear weapons," Mao said.
In a report last November, it said China would likely have a stockpile of 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035.
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