Li Bin

Senior Associate
Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program
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Li is a senior associate working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


PhD, Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics
MS, BS, Physics, Peking University


Chinese; English

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Li Bin is a senior associate working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A physicist and expert on nuclear disarmament, his research focuses on China’s nuclear and arms control policy and on U.S.-Chinese nuclear relations.

Li is also a professor of international relations at Tsinghua University. He previously directed the arms control division at the Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, where he also served as executive director of the Program for Science and National Security Studies. Li was a Social Science Research Council–MacArthur Foundation Peace and Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University.

In 1996, Li joined the Chinese delegation on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty negotiations. 

Li is the author of Arms Control Theories and Analysis and co-editor of Strategy and Security: A Technical View. He has also been published in numerous academic journals, including the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, Jane’s Intelligence Review, and Science & Global Security.

A member of the Board of Directors of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association and the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association, Li also serves on the boards of several international journals, including Science & Global Security, Nonproliferation Review, and China Security


  • Op-Ed Kyunghyang Daily August 3, 2016 中文
    The Security Dilemma and THAAD Deployment in the ROK

    The Republic of Korea’s decision to deploy the THAAD missile system has caused a strong reaction from China. Further dialogue is needed to strengthen ties between the two countries.

  • Op-Ed Arms Control Association December 17, 2015
    Chinese Thinking On Nuclear Weapons

    Some aspects of Chinese nuclear policy have undergone significant changes in recent years. The most obvious changes are in transparency and nonproliferation.

  • Op-Ed Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists August 21, 2014
    Zero: The Correct Goal? Major Problems with Minimum Deterrence

    The difficulties with definitions and verification provide further evidence that minimum deterrence cannot be a workable long-term solution to the problem of nuclear weapons.

  • Podcast April 9, 2014
    Chinese Nuclear Security Cooperation

    China and the United States share common goals on nuclear security and should not let other tensions in the bilateral relationship disrupt their multilateral cooperation on this important issue.

  • Article February 4, 2013 中文
    What China’s Missile Intercept Test Means

    Beijing recently carried out its second test of an interceptor missile, but that does not mean China has decided to build a national missile defense system.

  • X-Band Radar
    Proliferation Analysis September 6, 2012 中文
    China and the New U.S. Missile Defense in East Asia

    U.S. radar sites proposed for East Asia—and ostensibly directed at North Korea—underscore the need for a constructive China-U.S. dialogue on conventional military issues.

  • Op-Ed China Daily March 20, 2012
    Nuclear Security Cooperation

    The second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul in March 2012 provides an opportunity for China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea to develop concrete cooperation on nuclear security.

  • Promoting Effective China-U.S. Strategic Nuclear D
    Article October 18, 2011 中文
    Promoting Effective China-U.S. Strategic Nuclear Dialogue

    As Washington and Beijing continue to build on decades of successful strategic nuclear discussions, the U.S. military must find a way to promote a more effective dialogue with China’s military.


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Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
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