China knows that just one hit on one of the major Yellow River dams would trigger a chain reaction that would take out all the dams downstream and flood the entire North China plain, killing tens if not hundreds of millions of people. China has most of its population concentrated along the coast and in a few inland metropolitan areas. This makes them extremely vulnerable to a nuclear attack. They want a strong deterrent, not a first strike force.
* I have the right to live, thus I have the right to defend my life from attackers who would take it from me.
* I have the right to my private property, thus I have the right to defend my property from thieves who would take it from me.
* I have the right to self-determination, thus I have the right to defend my liberty from tyrants who would take it from me.
* The only usable tools for these tasks are guns, and thus I have the right to shoot anyone who would take my guns from me.