As India’s nuclear capabilities improve, the time has come for China to formulate a stable nuclear relationship with India that will serve China’s longer-term interests in the region.
Although yesterday’s test does not mean that North Korea’s nuclear capabilities have taken a qualitative leap forward, it is at least a sign of incremental improvement.
China’s efforts to strengthen its second-strike deterrence and India’s greater access to nuclear technology must be managed carefully to maintain a stable security environment.
The complex nuclear dimension of security interactions between China, India, and the United States warrant timely conversations about how stable, constructive ties can be maintained.
The United States is unlikely to accept a ban on hypersonic missile testing, but agreeing on how to limit their use may help countries manage fears of strategic instability.
Deepening nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia may be undermining stability at the conventional level, a trend that could negatively affect China’s security environment as well.
Despite the potentially destabilizing nature of hypersonic missiles, a test ban seems unlikely due to both political and technical challenges.
China’s growing economic, political, and military power is redefining the country’s international role and changing its relationships with neighboring Asian countries and the United States.
Asia’s nuclear powers must continue to maintain regional strategic stability to prevent security tensions from escalating.
Burgeoning research into hypersonic missile systems may disrupt a delicate strategic balance between the nuclear states. Yet due to diplomatic and regulatory barriers, a global ban seems unlikely.