US President Donald Trump, left, speaks while his Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington in January. The US’ aggressive nuclear posture review comes alongside an increased military budget, requested by Mattis, designed for “great power competition” against China and Russia. Photo: Bloomberg

Will the US’ new nuclear policies spark an arms race with China?

Will Saetren says China has thus far maintained a restrained approach to nuclear weapons – seeing them as ‘paper tigers’, more for show than use. The new US nuclear posture review, however, specifically threatens Beijing and may cause it to strengthen deterrence in return

Topic |   US-China relations

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US President Donald Trump, left, speaks while his Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington in January. The US’ aggressive nuclear posture review comes alongside an increased military budget, requested by Mattis, designed for “great power competition” against China and Russia. Photo: Bloomberg
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