Accession Number : ADA194491

Title :   Chinese Nuclear Policy: Past, Present, Future.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Leininger, Robert L

PDF Url : ADA194491

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : China's nuclear policy can be described as minimal deterrence plus leverage. Review of scholarly research and Chinese pronouncements indicates behavior consistent with a rational-actor model based on state interests and state power. China sees itself as a major actor in a global balance of power. China regards its nuclear force as a means of deterring threats to its existence, and as a means of deterring nuclear blackmail against actions it may find necessary to take in its national interest. In addition, the nuclear force enhances China's prestige. For the foreseeable future, China's objectives are to maintain a peaceful international environment favorable to its economic development, and to increase its international influence to support its desired status as an independent global and regional actor.

Descriptors :   *CHINA, *NUCLEAR WEAPONS, *FOREIGN POLICY, *STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, BALANCE OF POWER, ECONOMICS, GLOBAL, POLICIES, POWER

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE