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China's Role in Reshaping the Global Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime

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Nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the peaceful use of nuclear technology form the three pillars of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). China is a nuclear-weapons state under the treaty, yet its role in influencing and shaping the international nuclear regime has received little attention from scholars and analysts. This article examines the influence of China on the direction of international standards on nuclear weapons and other nuclear technology. It argues that China will continue to be involved in important ways in the nuclear regime, and moreover that China's involvement will likely be transformative for the regime as a whole.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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