China and Japan's strategic nuclear relationship
LaBauve, Jeffrey W.
Twomey, Christopher P.
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While China and Japan individually have been the focus of tremendous study, until recently, it was not necessary to compare their nuclear relationship. The advent of Japan's ballistic missile defenses has offered a unique twist on the traditional study between two nuclear powers. This thesis examines each country's strategic situation in this new light and maintains that the same theories about strategic interaction still hold. Lawrence Freedman's theory of "general deterrence" is particularly relevant; his theory finds two actors in conflict will react to opposing actors' force structure and policies despite their belief that there is no military solution to their situation.
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