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Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of China's Nonproliferation Policies and Practices, 1980-2004

Evan S. Medeiros


This book examines one of the most important changes in Chinese foreign policy since the country opened to the world: China's gradual move to support the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, missiles, and their related goods and technologies. Once a critic of the global nonproliferation regime, China is now a supporter of it, although with some reservations. The author analyzes how and why Chinese nonproliferation policies have evolved so substantially since the early 1980s. He argues that U.S. diplomacy has played a significant and enduring role in shaping China's gradual recognition of the d ... More

Keywords: Chinese foreign policy, China, nuclear weapons, missiles, global nonproliferation regime, Chinese nonproliferation policies, early 1980s, U.S. diplomacy, dangers of proliferation, altered behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780804755528
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804755528.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evan S. Medeiros, author