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Forging UK-China Consensus on a Strengthened NPT Regime

Edited by Andrea Berger and Malcolm Chalmers
Occasional Papers, 19 April 2012
China, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, UK Project on Nuclear Issues, UK, Global Security Issues, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Europe, Pacific
A collection of British and Chinese nuclear security experts come together to provide a fresh set of insights into the non-proliferation regime. Available in English and Chinese

Demonstrating collective progress towards meeting NPT action plan commitments in the run-up to the 2015 Review Conference will be an exercise of particular importance for the UK and China. Despite notable disagreements between these two countries, this groundbreaking set of articles jointly authored by Chinese and British scholars shows that areas of potential co-operation in addressing challenges to the NPT can be found.

Shi Yongming (China Institute of International Studies) and Professor Malcolm Chalmers (RUSI) assess the prospects for nuclear stability amongst existing nuclear-armed states - including considerations of the interplay between the conditions for nuclear stability on the one hand, and developments in missile defence, tactical nuclear weapons, and conventional forces on the other.

Guo Xiaobing (Institute of Security and Arms Control Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations) and Dr Nick Ritchie (University of York) identify areas where the UK and China agree in their approach to nuclear arms control and disarmament. Can the minimum deterrence postures championed by both the UK and China act as a model for other nuclear-armed states, and how can the two countries support progress on arms control and disarmament at the P5 level and beyond?

Professor Shen Dingli (Fudan University) and Paul Schulte (Carnegie Europe) explore the potential to strengthen regimes and norms focused on nuclear non-proliferation. Their joint paper considers what mechanisms might best be used to address noncompliance, encourage NPT universality, and reinforce mechanisms such as the UN Security Council and IAEA.

Andrea Berger
Associate Fellow

Andrea Berger is a Senior Analyst in the Canadian Privy Council Office, which serves the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prior to... read more

Malcolm Chalmers
Deputy Director-General

Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Deputy Director-General of RUSI and directs its growing portfolio of research into contemporary... read more

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