China About to Drop ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Weapons Policy?

China About to Drop ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Weapons Policy?
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China might come under pressure to reconsider its long-standing “no first use” nuclear policy as it engages in a maritime arms race with the United States, analysts have warned.

Nuclear competition is brewing between the two countries as China makes gains in weapons development and Washington tries to limit Beijing's military build-up in the South China Sea.

The United States is still decades ahead in nuclear weapons development but a successful test late last year of China's new submarine-launched ballistic missile, the JL-3, is cause for concern in Washington.

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