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The Practice of PowerUS Relations with China since 1949$
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Rosemary Foot

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292929.001.0001

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The Politics of Nuclear Weapons: China as a Nuclear Power

The Politics of Nuclear Weapons: China as a Nuclear Power

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(p.167) 7 The Politics of Nuclear Weapons: China as a Nuclear Power
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The Practice of Power
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Rosemary Foot (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198292929.003.0007

This is the third of four chapters focusing on America’s perceptions of China’s capabilities, and dwelling on the correspondence between those perceptions and the projected consequences. It presents an assessment of America’s perceptions of China as a nuclear power, discussing the new complexities that this brought to the Sino-American relationship and to their respective broader foreign-policy agendas. The different sections of the chapter look at the process of China’s acquisition of the atomic bomb (the first atomic device was exploded by them in October 1964), the US response to this, US and international assessments of China’s nuclear power and the impact on non-proliferation, and US assessments of China’s nuclear weapons programme.

Keywords:   acquisition of the atomic bomb, American perceptions of Chinese power, China, China's capabilities, China's nuclear weapons programme, international assessment, non-proliferation, nuclear power, power, United States, US assessment

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