An American Trident II ballistic missile is launched from a submarine. Photo: Reuters

Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?

  • The growing US-China naval arms race is putting pressure on Beijing to reconsider its long-standing nuclear policy, analysts say
  • But one source said that unlike the US, China is incapable of launching a pre-emptive strike and so has little choice but to retain “no first use” policy
Topic |   China military

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An American Trident II ballistic missile is launched from a submarine. Photo: Reuters
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US undersecretary of state Andrea Thompson (centre) says she “cannot overemphasise the value of transparency”. Photo: EPA-EFE

US accuses Russia, China of lack of transparency on nuclear programmes

  • Efforts to improve reporting have produced ‘uneven results’, arms control official says at talks in Beijing on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
  • Russian official highlights ‘spread of unilateral attitudes’ as threat to non-proliferation
Topic |   North Korea nuclear crisis

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US undersecretary of state Andrea Thompson (centre) says she “cannot overemphasise the value of transparency”. Photo: EPA-EFE
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