Chairman Xi abandons banning the Bomb

On 27 October China faced another test of its willingness to lead on nuclear disarmament when The First Committee of the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution calling for negotiations toward a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. China abstained.

Just days after the vote, at an international arms control conference in Suzhou, Du Xiangwan (a former vice-director of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a founding father of the Chinese arms control community) opened his speech with a personal expression of disappointment in China’s decision at the UN vote. He argued that China should have joined the 123 nations that voted in favor of the UN resolution. He disagreed with the idea that Beijing should defer to Russia and the USA on the question of nuclear disarmament.


DATE : 29 November 2016

SOURCE : Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

China and nonproliferation : Divergence between policy and actions

A roundtable discussion from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists about China’s policy of nuclear nonproliferation.

What effect the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States will have on China’s policy.

How China’s dealings on nuclear issues with North Korea, Pakistan and Iran sit with their nonproliferation policy.

Contributors to the roundtable discussion include Rajesh Rajagopalan, Gregory Kulacki and Hua Han.


DATE : 21 November 2016

SOURCE : Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

India has effective deterrence against Chinese, Pakistan nukes – former National Security Adviser

India has effective deterrence against both China and Pakistan former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon has said in his new book Choices. However while China’s nuclear weapons are a major strategic concern for India, Pakistan’s nuclear programme “remains a daily source of tactical worry” and both countries’ nuclear weapons programmes “are so closely linked… that they may effectively be treated as one”.

Shivshankar Menon’ book “Choices : Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy” was published on 30 October 2016 by Brookings Institution.


DATE : 23 November 2016

SOURCE : The India Times / The Economic Times