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China's Greatest Nightmare: Taiwan Armed with Nuclear Weapons

The National Interest
March 4, 2017
By Kyle Mizokami

It would have been one of the greatest crises of postwar Asia: the revelation of a Taiwanese atomic bomb. For Taiwan, the bomb would have evened the odds against a numerically superior foe. For China, a bomb would have been casus belli, justification for an attack on the island country it considered a rogue province. Active from the 1960s to the 1980s, Taipeiís efforts to develop nuclear weapons were finally abandoned due to diplomatic pressure by its most important ally, the United States.
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