Nuclear Strategies

U-turn on nuclear arms will only lead Japan to ruin

In Hiroshima, in early August, the sun is so strong and bright that it fries the sky a shimmering white that hurts your eyes if you stay out too long.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:27pm

Undue worry over China's nuclear policy

Why the worry about China's growing military power? It is still minuscule compared with the US, which spends as much as all the other countries in the world combined. The worry over China's homemade Stealth bomber, its building of aircraft carriers and destroyers and its deployment of more submarines have become, in some quarters, emotionally charged.

28 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

What Israel means by nuclear 'deterrence'

Why are Koreans so much braver than Israelis when faced with the threat of nuclear weapons?

27 May 2009 - 12:00am

Gates' views

Sino-US relations 'The US, in concert with our allies and partners, can create a regional infrastructure to expand those areas where our interests converge with China's, while discouraging China's activities of concern. China's improved behaviour on proliferation, increased transparency and co-operative approach to the North Korean nuclear question is welcome.'

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The game of nuclear catch-up

In its recent annual report on China's military power, the US defence department said that several developments had surprised American analysts, including the pace and scope of the programme to modernise Chinese long-range nuclear forces.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing's hour of nuclear judgment

Last Saturday marked 40 years since the Chinese government announced its first successful nuclear test, describing it as a major victory against US nuclear blackmail and nuclear threat. At the same time, Beijing solemnly declared that under no circumstances would China be the first to use nuclear weapons.

19 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

US considers more mainland nuclear targets

United States nuclear weapons could be aimed against a broader range of targets on the mainland under a key review of American missile policy.

The review of nuclear weapons guidelines, issued by President Bill Clinton, would permit defence chiefs to enlarge the list of sites in China that could be targeted in the event of a nuclear exchange.

9 Dec 1997 - 12:00am