Conclusion: China as a Major Nuclear Power and its Effects on the International Political System

  • Leo Yueh-Yun Liu


In the near future, Communist China will become a major nuclear power, with a stockpile of I.C.B.M.s and a certain degree of invulnerability of its nuclear force. As a result, there will be three major national actors, namely the United States, the Soviet Union and Communist China, in the international system. Of course, the simple fact that a third major national actor will be added to the international system does not necessarily mean that there will be drastic major change in the structure as well as in the characteristics of the system. However, in the event of Communist China becoming the third major national actor, because of its foreign policy objectives and its relations with other national actors in the system the international system will face many serious stresses.


Nuclear Weapon International System Nuclear Force Nuclear Test National Actor 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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