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Peaceful Fallout: The Conversion of China's Military–Nuclear Complex to Civilian Use

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Release date: 1997-10

BICC brief 10 “Peaceful Fallout:The Conversion of China's Military–Nuclear Complex to Civilian Use” comes to the conclusion that conversion of China’s military–nuclear complex to civilian use is not by any means irreversible, nor does it imply a downgrading of military–nuclear programs. As a matter of fact, while nuclear conversion was going on, Beijing continued to undertake nuclear weapons tests, to develop new kinds of nuclear weapons and delivery systems, and to claim that the possession of such weapons was still essential to safeguard not only its security but also its sovereignty.