The future of China’s nuclear weapons

April 20, 2016 7:00 PM

ThinkINChina offers a chance to debate the future of this great country with senior Chinese academics and professionals in a rare intimate context.
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 Zhao Tong (Associate, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) will talk about “The future of China’s nuclear weapons”.
Event co-sponsored by Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
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ABSTRACT
China’s nuclear modernization program has attracted wide international attention. The 2015 Victory Day parade saw China displaying new ballistic missile systems. Beijing is also reportedly developing new strategic missile programs and building a strategic nuclear submarine fleet. This presentation offers an overview of China’s nuclear principles and doctrine. It explains how the emergence of nuclear military technologies such as missile defense, conventional precision strike, space, and autonomous weapons presents new challenges for Beijing to maintain a credible nuclear second strike capability. It uses the example of China’s development of sea-based nuclear weapons to shed light on Beijing’s efforts to address such problems and to explain potential security implications for conventional military balance and escalation management. Professor Zhao will be more than happy to address questions and have a broad discussion on other related nuclear policy issues such as North Korea and the possible deployment of THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.
Learn more here.
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