NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DAILY

Created: 7/30/1996

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The Chinese Government announced (hat the test established (he reliability of its nuclear deterrent.

Following the test, the Foreign Ministry declared ihat China would immediatelyuclear testaction consistentledge made after nuclear tests last month.

Beijing probably timed the test and announcement to gain sympathy for its positions al the Comprehensive Test Ban negotiations, which resumed yesterday.

Despite the moratorium announce mcnij"

Zhina with the option to conduct another test if political decisionmakers choose to do

example, in response to rejection of Chinese positions at the CfBT negotiations or testing by another country

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