China’s Nuclear Programme: Origins and Progress

  • Paolo Rosa


In this chapter, a brief history of China’s nuclear programme is presented. It focuses on three topics: first, the role of Mao’s thought in China’s nuclear policy; second, the main steps in the development of China’s nuclear arsenal; and third, the elaboration of the “no-first-use” doctrine that for approximately three decades represented China’s only declared nuclear policy.


Nuclear weapons Nuclear test No first use 


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  1. 1.University of TrentoTrentoItaly

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