Analysts warn that China’s development of new cruise missiles raises the risk of its technology spreading to other countries.
“If China’s past record of proliferating ballistic missiles and technology is any indication of its intentions vis-Ã -vis cruise missile transfers, the consequences could be highly disruptive for the nonproliferation regime,” academics Andrew Ericson, Dennis Gormley and Jingdong Yuan wrote in a Monday analysis for the National Interest.
The experts said China’s pursuit of new antiship and land-attack cruise missiles is intended largely to prepare against possible tensions over Taiwan, a self-governing island claimed by Beijing as Chinese territory. They added, though, that outside actors have previously obtained Chinese arms, which may one day include an advanced nuclear-ready cruise missile for hitting land-based targets.
Past Chinese actions have held up Beijing’s decade-old effort to join the Missile Technology Control Regime, according to Ericson and Yuan, who work as associate professors at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island and at Sydney University, respectively.
They said members of the 34-country export control group are skeptical of China’s past assurances that it would informally observe rules established by the organization, which is dedicated to limiting the spread of sophisticated missile technologies. Beijing previously supplied antiship cruise missiles to Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar and Pakistan, they wrote, citing findings from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. In addition, Pakistan may have obtained land-targeting cruise missiles from China, according to the analysts.
The analysts said bringing China into the multinational group would represent a significant achievement, but Beijing must first take substantial steps to “correct previous shortcomings.”
Joining the missile nonproliferation framework may ultimately necessitate a “Herculean effort” by China to ramp up its enforcement of missile-trade regulations among domestic exporters, they wrote.
Clarification: This story has been updated to identify all three authors of the National Interest analysis.
- 1 Bull’s Eye: Here’s the Obamas’ New Neighborhood
- 2 Democrats Prepare Major Campaign Finance Reform Push
- 3 How a Top Clinton Aide Helped Adam Silver Navigate the Sterling Saga
- 4 ‘I’m Right and Everybody Else Is Wrong. Clear About That?’
- 5 Indiana Law Tests Republicans’ 2016 Strategy for Social Issues
What We're Following See More »
Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.
"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."
"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.