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1. Polidor, Michal. The Development of Chinaâs Nuclear Strategy: A Seismic Shift in Chinaâs Nuclear Force Structure.

Degree: Master, ICAPS, 2018, NSYSU

In 2015, the Peopleâs Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) commander, General Ma Xiaotian, announced that China will develop a new long-range, strategic nuclear bomber and complete the nationâs nuclear triad. This research analyzes the reasons behind this seismic shift in the PRCâs nuclear force structure from three perspectives: (1) the ideas and vision of high-level CCP leadership, (2) the evolution of PLA nuclear strategy and doctrine, (3) the technological capabilities of Chinaâs aerospace defense industry. Dr. Bernard Brodieâs concept of nuclear deterrence provides the theoretical framework for this research and the inherent bomber advantages of visibility and flexibility offer further refinement in the analysis. This study concludes that the main drivers behind Chinaâs decision to develop a bomber are the revisionist foreign policy agenda of current Chinese President Xi Jinping, coupled with the evolution in the nationâs nuclear strategy and doctrine which now focuses on maximizing survivability, penetrability, and strategic communication. The timing of these developments coincides perfectly with the fact that China has very recently unshackled itself from the nationâs historic reliance on foreign aircraft technology, thus demonstrating that its aerospace industry is capable of indigenously developing a long-range, strategic bomber. China now sits poised to join the United States and Russia in the club of nuclear triad nations. Advisors/Committee Members: Steve On (chair), Wen-Cheng Lin (committee member), Haga, Kai-yin Allison (chair).

Subjects/Keywords: nuclear deterrence; second-strike capability; nuclear strategy; long-range bomber

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APA (6th Edition):

Polidor, M. (2018). The Development of Chinaâs Nuclear Strategy: A Seismic Shift in Chinaâs Nuclear Force Structure. (Thesis). NSYSU. Retrieved from http://etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0515118-144535

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Polidor, Michal. “The Development of Chinaâs Nuclear Strategy: A Seismic Shift in Chinaâs Nuclear Force Structure.” 2018. Thesis, NSYSU. Accessed July 10, 2020. http://etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0515118-144535.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Polidor, Michal. “The Development of Chinaâs Nuclear Strategy: A Seismic Shift in Chinaâs Nuclear Force Structure.” 2018. Web. 10 Jul 2020.

Vancouver:

Polidor M. The Development of Chinaâs Nuclear Strategy: A Seismic Shift in Chinaâs Nuclear Force Structure. [Internet] [Thesis]. NSYSU; 2018. [cited 2020 Jul 10]. Available from: http://etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0515118-144535.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
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Council of Science Editors:

Polidor M. The Development of Chinaâs Nuclear Strategy: A Seismic Shift in Chinaâs Nuclear Force Structure. [Thesis]. NSYSU; 2018. Available from: http://etd.lib.nsysu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search/view_etd?URN=etd-0515118-144535

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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