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The Maoist conception of nuclear deterrence strategy 1955-1976

The Maoist conception of nuclear deterrence strategy 1955-1976

Introduction

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”  (Sun Tzu).

The Chinese nuclear deterrence strategy is based on the very same assumption: the role of their nuclear weapon is not designed to fight efficiently on the battlefield but to refuse the possibility for their adversaries to win a decisive war. Hence, they enforced appropriately this principle proposed by the famous Chinese strategist.

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