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The Politics of Nuclear Weapons: China as a Nuclear Power

Rosemary Foot

in The Practice of Power

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292920
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599286 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292929.003.0007
 The Politics of Nuclear Weapons: China as a Nuclear Power

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This is the third of four chapters focusing on America’s perceptions of China’s capabilities, and dwelling on the correspondence between those perceptions and the projected consequences. It presents an assessment of America’s perceptions of China as a nuclear power, discussing the new complexities that this brought to the Sino-American relationship and to their respective broader foreign-policy agendas. The different sections of the chapter look at the process of China’s acquisition of the atomic bomb (the first atomic device was exploded by them in October 1964), the US response to this, US and international assessments of China’s nuclear power and the impact on non-proliferation, and US assessments of China’s nuclear weapons programme.

Keywords: acquisition of the atomic bomb; American perceptions of Chinese power; China; China's capabilities; China's nuclear weapons programme; international assessment; non-proliferation; nuclear power; power; United States; US assessment

Chapter.  10760 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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