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  • China's Strategic Arsenal: Worldview, Doctrine, and Systems
  • James M. Smith and Paul J. Bolt, Editors
  • 2021
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  • Published by: Georgetown University Press
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A critical look at how China’s growing strategic arsenal could impact a rapidly changing world order

China’s strategic capabilities and doctrine have historically differed from the United States’ and Russia’s. China has continued to modernize and expand its arsenal despite its policy of no first use, while the United States and Russia have decreased deployed weapons stocks.

This volume brings together an international group of distinguished scholars to provide a fresh assessment of China's strategic military capabilities, doctrines, and political perceptions in light of rapidly advancing technologies, an expanding and modernizing nuclear arsenal, and an increased great-power competition with the United States.

Analyzing China's strategic arsenal is critical for a deeper understanding of China’s relations with both its neighbors and the world. Without a doubt, China’s arsenal is growing in size and sophistication, but key uncertainties also lie ahead. Will China’s new capabilities and confidence lead it to be more assertive and take more risks? Will China’s nuclear traditions change as the strategic balance improves? Will China’s approach to military competition be guided by a notion of strategic stability or not? Will there be a strategic arms race with the United States? China's Strategic Arsenal provides a current understanding of these issues as we strive for a stable strategic future with China.

This volume brings together an international group of distinguished scholars to provide a fresh assessment of China's strategic military capabilities, doctrines, and its political perceptions in light of rapidly advancing technologies, an expanding and modernizing nuclear arsenal, and increased great-power competition with the United States.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. The US-Chinese Relationship and China as a Twenty-First-Century Strategic Power
  2. James M. Smith and Paul J. Bolt
  3. pp. 7-22
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  1. China's "Nested" Worldview
  2. Andrew Scobell
  3. pp. 23-44
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  1. China's Nuclear Doctrine and Deterrence Concept
  2. Christopher P. Twomey
  3. pp. 45-62
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  1. Strategic Stability and the Impact of China's Modernizing Strategic Strike Forces
  2. Sugio Takahashi
  3. pp. 63-92
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  1. China's Strategic Systems and Programs
  2. Hans M. Kristensen
  3. pp. 93-124
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  1. China's Regional Nuclear Capability, Nonnuclear Strategic Systems, and Integration of Concepts and Operations
  2. Phillip C. Saunders and David C. Logan
  3. pp. 125-158
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  1. Organization of China's Strategic Forces
  2. Bates Gill
  3. pp. 159-194
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  1. China on Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Strategic Stability
  2. Nancy W. Gallagher
  3. pp. 195-240
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  1. China's Strategic Future
  2. Brad Roberts
  3. pp. 241-254
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-269
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781647120801
Related ISBN(s)
9781647120788, 9781647120795
MARC Record
OCLC
1242464688
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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