China needs more nuclear weapons to deal with Donald Trump should the US treat Beijing unacceptably, according to a government mouthpiece newspaper.

An editorial in the pro-government Global Times said China should ‘significantly’ increase military spending and build more nuclear weapons as a response to comments made by the President-elect Donald Trump on the country’s policies.

China should ‘build more strategic nuclear arms and accelerate the deployment of the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile’ to protect its interests, should Trump attempt to corner the country in an ‘unacceptable way’, it said.

‘China’s military spending in 2017 should be augmented significantly,’ it added in the print article run in both English and Chinese.

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