Accession Number : ADA321658

Title :   The Changing Nature of Chinese Nuclear Strategy,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Markov, David R. ; Hull, Andrew W.

PDF Url : ADA321658

Report Date : JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : Traditionally, analysts have believed that China was only interested in pursuing a minimalist, counter-value nuclear strategy that aimed at achieving strategic deterrence. This paper examines the possibility that Chinese nuclear strategy is changing in several ways: (1) it is moving to embrace a nuclear warfighting approach that encompasses tactical, theater, and strategic nuclear weapons, and (2) it is moving from a counter-value to a counter-force strategic nuclear posture.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WARFARE, *MILITARY STRATEGY, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, FOREIGN POLICY, STRATEGIC WEAPONS, STRATEGIC WARFARE, CHINA, DETERRENCE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE