The Dilemma Between Deterrence and Disarmament: Moving Beyond the Perception of China as a Nuclear Threat
This paper examines Western politicians' and analysts' perceptions of China as a growing nuclear power whose arsenal presents a threat to world peace. The author argues that this perception overlooks the substance of Chinese nuclear doctrine and is detached from the technological realities of Beijing's strategic nuclear forces. A closer examination of China's capabilities and strategic posturing could, according to the author, transform 'the dragon' into an important partner for global disarmament.
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