Accession Number:

ADA509947

Title:

China and Japan's Strategic Nuclear Relationship

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

78.0

Abstract:

While China and Japan individually have been the focus of tremendous study, until recently it was not necessary to compare their nuclear relationship. The advent of Japans ballistic missile defenses has offered a unique twist on the traditional study between two nuclear powers. This thesis examines each countrys strategic situation in this new light and maintains that the same theories about strategic interaction still hold. Lawrence Freedmans theory of general deterrence is particularly relevant his theory finds two actors in conflict will react to opposing actors force structure and policies despite their belief that there is no military solution to their situation.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE