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"China's Perspective on a Nuclear-Free World"

"China's Perspective on a Nuclear-Free World"

Journal Article, Washington Quarterly, volume 33, issue 2, pages 139-155

April 2010

Author: Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Managing the Atom; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


Hui Zhang argues that China's pledge of no-first-use of nuclear weapons, while constraining its nuclear force at a minimum level, maintaining its deeply de-alerted status, and upholding its long-standing position to support complete nuclear disarmament, has set a good example for other nuclear nations, in particular the two nuclear superpowers.  Zhang suggests that Beijing believes that all nuclear states should adopt a no-first-use policy and redefine the role of nuclear weapons in their national security doctrines. Although China stands ready to support the nuclear-free agenda, it is up to the two countries with the overwhelming number of the world's warheads to take the lead.

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Zhang, Hui. "China's Perspective on a Nuclear-Free World." Washington Quarterly 33, no. 2 (April 2010): 139-155.

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