Created: 2/19/1993

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CHINA: Accelerate* Nuclear TwiIm Schedule

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Comment: China's decision to speed up its scheduleime when the US, the UK. Russia, and France are observing test moratoriums mayeaction to growing international pressureomprehensive nuclear test banhe increase may also allow Beijing lo cut some testsoncession to the international community without hailing all testing. The Chinese will continue to argue that their testing program has been insignificant in comparison with the nuclear superpowers. Beijing wants to continue to test foe its strategic systems under development and possibly to test for tacucal systems to be developed in the future.

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