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The Minimum Means of Reprisal: Chinas Search for Security in the Nuclear Age Jeffrey Lewis

The Minimum Means of Reprisal: Chinas Search for Security in the Nuclear Age

Jeffrey Lewis

Published February 23rd 2007
ISBN : 9780262122849
Hardcover
262 pages
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In The Minimum Means of Reprisal, Jeffrey Lewis examines Chinas nuclear and space capabilities and deployment strategies, as well as the Chinese governments stance in arms control negotiations. Lewis finds that Chinese officials hold a restrainedMoreIn The Minimum Means of Reprisal, Jeffrey Lewis examines Chinas nuclear and space capabilities and deployment strategies, as well as the Chinese governments stance in arms control negotiations. Lewis finds that Chinese officials hold a restrained view about the role of nuclear weapons in national security and maintain a limited nuclear capacity sufficient to deter attack but not large enough for control of these weapons to be compromised.The future of cooperative security arrangements in space will depend largely on the U.S.-Chinese relationship, and Lewis warns that changes in U.S. defense strategy, including the weaponization of space, could signal to China that its capabilities are not sufficient to deter the United States from the use of force. Such a shift could cause China to reconsider its use of restraint in nuclear strategy, further damaging the already weakened arms control regime and increasing the nuclear threat to the United States and the world.