China's nuclear environment and the US Theatre Missile Defence Initiative

Mitchell McGuire

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Abstract

This paper examines the various factors that have shaped, and continue to mould, the contemporary nuclear environment of the People's Republic of China. First and foremost, the discussion confronts, and attempts to clarify, some persistent obstacles that confound analyses of China's nuclear posture, while specifically, it addresses those indigenous and external dynamics that determine, constrain and threaten China's nuclear capabilities and its likely posture. It emerges that China's nuclear posture is most credible at a regional level, particularly in northeast Asia. However, such credibility has come under scrutiny because the United States recently decided to hasten the development of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) within the northeast Asian theatre. The possible deployment of BMD, combined with other political factors, suggests that the time is ripe to reassess nuclear, missile and BMD strategies in the region.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBond University
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes

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NameResearch paper series : Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies
No.6

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McGuire, M. (1999). China's nuclear environment and the US Theatre Missile Defence Initiative. (Research paper series : Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies; No. 6). Bond University.
McGuire, Mitchell. / China's nuclear environment and the US Theatre Missile Defence Initiative. Bond University, 1999. 23 p. (Research paper series : Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies; 6).
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