CHINA AND THE INDIAN-PAKISTANI NUCLEAR ISSUE

Created: 1/11/1990

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China and the Indian-Pakistani Nuclear Issue

Chines* leaders view Pakistan as an important counterweight to Indian aspirations in South Asia. Moreover, following the cutoff ln US nilitary aid to Pakistan, Islamabad nay see Beijing as the sole guarantor of Pakistani security against Indian aggression. If New Delhi decided to escalate its production of nuclear weapons, Beijing's response vould seek to preserve Chinese nuclear superiority and protect Pakistani sovereignty:

If India made an effort to lesatn the threat of nuclear conflict in South Asia, we be,Hev* that^Chjna would not Me see little 'fri'dication that Beijing is rethinking its strategic modernization priorities because of US-Soviet arms control agreements and we believe Beijing would be extremely reluctant to enter into negotiations that could reveal Chinese vulnerabilities and limitations. I

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