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Preventing a US-China Nuclear Arms Race

With the US-China rivalry now lurching toward a Cold War-style nuclear arms race, talks are urgently needed to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control. Even if the bilateral relationship is destined to be marked by mutual suspicion, mechanisms to establish strategic transparency are still available.

NEW YORK – China’s recently reported tests of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in July and August 2021, though officially denied, are threatening to undermine strategic nuclear stability. They have already added to escalating tensions between the United States and China.