News Analysis by Chriss Street
The Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a new report, detailing how China is moving to achieve world power through modernization of its nuclear land, sea, and air weapons.
China was the fifth nation to detonate a nuclear weapon and is one of only nine nations that currently acknowledges having nuclear weapons. The 2006 Defense White Paper issued by the State Council claims Beijing has adopted a “self-defensive nuclear strategy” to deter attacks and prevent coercion, but Chinese officials privately indicated that a “conventional strike on China’s nuclear forces would provoke a nuclear response,” according to experts.
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