Accession Number:

ADA439064

Title:

Chasing the Dragon, Assessing China's System of Export Controls for WMD-Related Goods and Technologies

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

127.0

Abstract:

The Chinese governments system of export controls on sensitive equipment, materials, and technologies used to produce weapons of mass destruction WMD and WMD delivery systems has undergone a significant evolution in the past 25 years. Chinese export controls have evolved since the early 1980s from highly underdeveloped and ineffective administrative procedures to a comprehensive collection of laws, regulations, circulars, and measures that incorporate the prevailing standards for international export control. The central government in recent years has also made efforts to improve interagency coordination on export control decisions. However, the Chinese governments inability to consistently and effictively implement and enforce these new controls is a persistent and glaring weakness of the current system. Further improvements will be gradual, and mixed, unless the Chinese government devotes more resources and political capital to bolstering its export control practices. Such an effort serves as a key indicator of the governments ability to fulfill its stated goal of acting like a responsible major power in global affairs, especially as related to WMD nonproliferation.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE