Cover: The course of Chinese nuclear development

The course of Chinese nuclear development

Published 1988

by Jonathan D. Pollack

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This paper, which originally appeared in Science, September 23, 1988, reviews China Builds the Bomb, by John Wilson Lewis and Xue Litai. It particularly discusses Soviet assistance to the Chinese in their effort to build a nuclear capability and the Soviets' sudden and disruptive pullout. The reviewer is impressed with the book despite some interpretive differences and the limitations of available evidence, not just because of the book's detail and scope, but because of the potential it shows for sustained collaboration between American and Chinese scholars.

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