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US-China Nuclear Relations: The Impact of Strategic Triangles

David Santoro, editor
US-China Nuclear Relations: The Impact of Strategic Triangles
ISBN: 978-1-62637-907-7
$95.00 $47.50
Forthcoming April 2021/240 pages
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"The unique value of this new volume is to put the US-China strategic relationship in its multipolar context. By examining a series of 'strategic triangles,' it offers fresh insights useful to both academics and policymakers." —Brad Roberts, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Though China remains a relatively weak nuclear power, it has in recent years become central to US strategic policymaking. What explains this shift? How is the US-China strategic nuclear relationship evolving? What role do other states play in shaping it?
To address these questions, the authors of US-China Nuclear Relations examine a series of strategic triangles involving China, the US, and one or more key third actors (among them, Australia, India, Iran, Japan, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan). Their work also critically highlights the challenges and opportunities facing Washington and Beijing in this increasingly complex security arena.


David Santoro is vice president and director for nuclear policy programs at the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum.



  • The Importance of Strategic Triangles—D. Santoro.
  • The US-China Strategic Nuclear Relationship—D. Santoro.
  • The Major Power Game: The United States, China, and Russia—J. K. Warden.
  • Proliferation Pariahs in the Mix: North Korea and Iran—R. Einhorn.
  • Complex Relationships: The United States, China, and US Regional Allies—B. Glosserman.
  • Competitive Deterrence? The United States, China, and South Asia—T. Dalton.
  • Third Actors and US-China Nuclear Strategies—D. Santoro.