Dogs that Aren't Barking, Much: The Rise of China's Strategic Forces and Regional Reactions and Implications (DRAFT)

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Twomey, Christopher P.
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2010-02
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February 2010
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China is the only country of the traditional nuclear powers whose nuclear arsenal is growing in size and capability. It is diversifying its delivery systems, modernizing its missiles, and building up its overall warhead arsenal. Further, it is engaged in a substantial buildup of conventional missiles. These are certainly facilitated by the economic and general military rise of China. It is less clear that China's strategic arsenal has in turn supported the gen- eral rise of China. That is, what benefits has China received given its en- hancements of its strategic forces? This chapter will begin by charting the changes in China's strategic arsenal, and compare that broadly to other re- gional and global players in this arena. It will then examine the ways in which nuclear weapons and strategic forces in general are thought to enhance the power of nations and assess the degree to which that has occurred for China.
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Paper prepared for ISA-New Orleans, February 2010
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National Security Affairs
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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Twomey, Christopher. "Dogs that Aren' t Barking, Much: The Rise of China's Strategic Forces and Regional Reactions and Implications" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners, New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, The Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Feb 17, 2010
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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