CHINA'S rapidly-expanding nuclear arsenal is to be tackled for the first time by worried Nato leaders.
The alliance is to hold a top-level meeting to discuss the growing military threat from Beijing which it believes "could harm" all its members.
US Ambassador to Nato Kay Bailey Hutchison said December's London summit would consider “the opportunities as well as the challenges with China."
China had the second-largest defence budget after the US in 2018 and has added 80 ships and submarines to its fleets – the equivalent of the entire British navy – in the past five years.
“When there is a military build-up, you have to see what you need to defend against,” said Hutchison.
“China has been much more active in global security issues. That means we are going to have to assess the risk of China if they don’t stay in the rules based order that we hope they will.