China as an Operational Nuclear Power and its Nuclear Strategy

  • Leo Yueh-Yun Liu


When Communist China becomes an operational nuclear power, with a small stockpile of M.R.B.M.s or I.R.B.M.s, a new type of nuclear deterrence, between Communist China on the one hand and one or both of the superpowers on the other, will emerge. So far both superpowers have been able to maintain a relatively stable international system. The United States, for example, has played a significant role in the maintenance of world security and stability, especially in Asia. Thus in 1964, immediately after Communist China had conducted its first nuclear test, President Johnson assured American allies in Asia that the American commitments there would be honoured, and announced at the same time that ‘nations that do not seek nuclear weapons can be sure that if they need United States support against the threat of nuclear blackmail, they will have it’.1 Since 1960, the Soviet Union has refused to support or encourage Chinese nuclear development. In fact the Russian attitude has changed over the past years from apparent indifference to indirect attack and then to open attack of Communist China’s nuclear development.2


Nuclear Weapon Nuclear Test World Politics Nuclear Deterrence Nuclear Capability 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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