China’s Basic Nuclear Strategy

  • Leo Yueh-Yun Liu


As mentioned earlier, many factors in the present international system, notably nuclear deterrence and restraints among countries, have contributed to the maintenance of stability in the system. Neither superpower seeks to change the basic structure, relations and characteristics of the international system drastically. Communist China appears to realise that as long as the superpowers virtually ‘monopolise’ the world’s nuclear weapons, its objectives would be very difficult, if not impossible, to realise. Thus, as early as 1963, Communist China had already said:

There are more than 130 countries in the world. All countries, big or small, nuclear or non-nuclear, are equal. It is absolutely impermissible for two or three countries to brandish their nuclear weapons at will, issue orders and commands, and lord it over the world as self-ordained nuclear overlords, while the overwhelming majority of countries are expected to kneel and obey orders meekly, as if they were nuclear slaves.1


Nuclear Weapon Nuclear Test Socialist Country World Politics Nuclear Proliferation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Yueh-Yun Liu
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  1. 1.Brandon UniversityCanada

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