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How Great is China’s Influence Over Pyongyang?

China urged North Korea to cease its nuclear and missile tests during a meeting with a military envoy in Beijing last month, a source tells Reuters, who described the meeting as “terse:” Beijing tried to convince...

China Warns U.S. Over Anti-Missile Plans

China on Monday criticized plans by the United States to bolster their anti-missile defense capabilities amid increased threats from North Korea, as Reuters reports that Beijing thinks such reactions will only inflame North...

U.S.-China Tensions: What Must Kerry Do?

In the latest installment of China File’s Conversations series, Elizabeth Economy, Andrew J. Nathan and Orville Schell respond to Nina Hachigian’s recommendations to new U.S. secretary of state John Kerry. In a...

China Condemns North Korean Nuclear Test

North Korea detonated a third nuclear weapon in an underground test on Tuesday, defying Chinese calls for restraint and bringing swift condemnation from the U.N. and national governments. From Justin McCurry and Tania Branigan...

India Tests Missile Capable of Reaching Beijing

Days after the failed launch of North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket, India has successfully tested a missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads as far as Shanghai or Beijing. The new Agni-V—”Fire-V” in Hindi—has a...

Beijing Steers “Tricky Path” With Iran

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday and warning of a shrinking window for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program, Princeton University’s...

Geithner in China to Talk Iran, Yuan

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for high level meetings with Chinese leaders to discuss China’s relationship with Iran, the European debt crisis and the valuation of the yuan. From...

China Balances Ties on Korean Peninsula

As North Korea held a military rally to show support for its new leader on Monday, Chinese President Hu Jintao welcomed his South Korean counterpart to Beijing in their first summit since Kim Jong-Il’s death. From The...

'How Many Nukes Does China Have?' Revisited

A Washington Post report has reignited controversy over research into China’s nuclear capabilities conducted by Georgetown University students under former Pentagon strategist Phillip Karber. The work began following...

U.S.-China Distrust Fuels Nuclear Fears

In The Atlantic, Rachel Oswald details the distrust and miscommunication hampering dialogue between the U.S. and China on nuclear issues: In more than 10 years of bilateral talks on their respective nuclear-weapons programs, the...

How Many Nukes Does China Have?

Bret Stephens writes in The Wall Street Journal about Phillip Karber, head of the Asian Arms Control Project at Georgetown University, who was commissioned by the Pentagon in 2008 to look into China’s “Underground...

U.S. Lawmaker Warns of China's Nuclear Strategy

While budget cuts may force the United States to delay modernizing its nuclear arsenal, U.S. Representative Michael Turner warned Friday of efforts by China to safeguard its own strategic nuclear capabilities through the use of...

Don’t Even Think About It

Foreign Policy reports on the nuclear arms race between China and India: China and India have built up a $60-billion-per-year trading relationship, and for years they’ve insisted that they want to work more closely on a...

Diplomats Say China Against UN Sanctions

South Korea’s JoongAng Daily reports: According to one source, Chinese diplomats based in Seoul have been telling diplomats from other countries that taking the Cheonan case to the Security Council was “not a good idea”...

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