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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Will Saetren

Will Saetren

Will Saetren (@WillSaetren) is a project lead at CRDF Global, where he specialises in nuclear security. He previously worked at the Institute for China-America Studies where he directed the organisation's portfolio on nuclear weapons policy. He is the author of Ghosts of the Cold War: Rethinking the Need for a New Nuclear Cruise Missile, and an alumnus of the Roger Hale fellowship at the Ploughshares Fund.