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Hui Zhang

Hui Zhang

Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

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Telephone: 617-495-5710
Fax: 617-496-0606
Email: Hui_Zhang@harvard.edu

 

 

By Date

 

2013

May 31, 2013

"China's Nuclear Policy: Changing or Not?"

Op-Ed, Power & Policy Blog

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"The new defense white paper released by China on April 16 has sparked a debate over whether China is changing its nuclear policy, because this new paper, unlike previous editions, did not reiterate China’s long-standing no-first-use nuclear weapons doctrine. Is China changing its nuclear policy?"

 

 

May 24, 2013

"Western Hypocrisy Over Chinese Nukes"

Op-Ed, Asia Times

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"A defense white paper released by China on April 16 has invited a debate over a shift in its nuclear policy, because this new paper, unlike previous editions, did not reiterate China's long-standing no-first-use nuclear weapons doctrine."

 

 

May 22, 2013

"China's No-First-Use Policy Promotes Nuclear Disarmament"

Op-Ed, The Diplomat

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"If China abandons its no-first-use nuclear pledge, which has guided China's nuclear strategy since  its first nuclear test in 1964, it would severely undermine the global disarmament process, potentially preventing the U.S. and Russian from further reducing their nuclear arsenals and even encouraging the U.S. to expand its nuclear forces. Is China really changing its nuclear policy?"

 

 

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April 22, 2013

"China Moves Cautiously Ahead on Nuclear Energy"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom and Shangui Zhao, Former Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, September 2012–March 2013

"Although China has every intention of continuing nuclear energy development, in the aftermath of Fukushima it has approved a number of plans to enhance safety standards. All of them emphasize that the pace of growth should be controlled to minimize risk."

 

 

March 25, 2013

"North Korea Stirs Cuban Crisis Memory"

Op-Ed, Asia Times

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"President Barack Obama and Kim Jong-eun could end up confronting each other 'eyeball to eyeball', each with nuclear weapons on hair trigger, as president John F Kennedy and Nikita Khruschev did over five decades ago during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. However, the younger and less-experienced Kim of the smaller and isolated Kingdom might not behave as rationally as Khruschev."

 

 

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March 6, 2013

"China's North Korea Dilemma"

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"From China's perspective, the crisis is driven by Washington and Pyongyang. North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear ambitions until it gets from the U.S. what it covets most: a reliable security assurance. This would mean an end to Washington's pursuit of regime change. If Washington does not move in this direction, Pyongyang will continue to escalate the crisis. Any resolution of the impasse has to address the reasonable security concerns of North Korea."

 

 

February 15, 2013

"North Korea's Third Nuclear Test: Plutonium or Highly Enriched Uranium?"

Op-Ed, Power & Policy Blog

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"North Korea has only a small supply of plutonium—material that it had stopped producing by 2008—and had more recently demonstrated an operational capability to enrich uranium, which would support a much larger arsenal of weapons given North Korea's huge deposits of natural uranium.... However, the seismic signals are useless in this regard. The question is, then, can the off-site environmental sampling analysis distinguish a plutonium explosion from a HEU explosion?"

 

2012

Oct 31, 2012

"Securing China’s Weapon-Usable Fissile Materials and Nuclear Facilities"

Presentation

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Presentation at the 13th PIIC Beijing Seminar on International Security: Building a World of Sustainable Peace and Stability, Oct.31 – Nov.3, 2012, Beijing, China

 

 

October 25, 2012

Advancing China's Nuclear Security

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

China, like all nuclear weapon states, bears a responsibility to provide leadership in nuclear security issues. But China's strategy for securing its nuclear weapons -- and the complex of facilities where fissile material for weapons is fabricated and stored -- has so far remained largely opaque.

 

 

September 7, 2012

Chinese Nuclear Modernization: Assuring a limited but reliable counterattack capability

Op-Ed, Power & Policy Blog

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Since the New START Treaty entered into force on Feb. 5, 2011, concerns have grown about Chinese nuclear modernization. Some are concerned that China would reach nuclear parity with the United States as it cuts down its arsenal along with Russia. However, China’s nuclear arsenal and its modernization are constrained by its inventory of fissile materials, and most importantly by its nuclear policy—a no-first-use pledge and “minimum deterrence.”

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.