Chinese Violation Of The United Nations Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

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In this day and age, society operates in constant threat of terrorism, war, and nuclear fallout; the rapid growth of international militaristic power contributes to the ever-present fear in the back of all of our minds. None of us can go through the day without hearing a newscaster or radio personality talking about the growing threat that Iran or Afghanistan or North Korea poses to the global community, but there is one State that we hear of. This threat works in a much vaster environment, and shrouds itself in cloaks of secrecy and deception – China. Although the Chinese tend to evade the mass media frenzy that constantly reports on foreign threats, their underrated affairs are nothing less than lethal. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the People’s Republic remains to be their nuclear incubation programs – a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of the United Nations that they agreed to nearly twenty years ago. The Chinese deny any kind of nuclear programs they have attained domestically, and refuse to affiliate themselves with supposed partnering nations such as Iran.
While the Chinese attempt to cover up any trace of their nuclear enhancement programs, the country has a long history of nuclear development. During his Great Leap Forward, Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong made attempts to attain nuclear arms and create a nuclear program for his people that would help them in the future (Terrill 14). China currently acquires 13 nuclear reactors, with 25 more in the works that will quickly be followed by more, all growing in sophistication and innovation; the country will probably become self-sufficient in nuclear design and construction in the years to come (WNA 1). The Chinese have contracts with several international agencies that have provided the country with various nuclear tools that will facilitate China’s nuclear independence, and scores of nuclear reactors have been under construction on coastal cities and Chinese provinces such as Taiwan, which has long been a center for nuclear incubation and experimentation (WNA 2). Terrifyingly, missile/bomb facilities have also been swiftly constructed in the monolithic nation, and operations are flourishing; over the past decades China has refined their militaristic operations and currently attains a surplus of three million nuclear arms (FAS 1/Terrill 14). The enhancement of China’s nuclear facilities and the advancement of their militant resources, paired with the speed of which both have been attained (China is projected have a 20% growth of nuclear capacity in the next decade), puts the Chinese in an elite echelon – however, the rate at which their programs remain to grow is astronomical (and shows no signs of stopping), a sobering fact for other world superpowers.
Even more alarming is the potentially lethal camaraderie between China and Iran. In the summer of 2009, Qin Gang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, released a statement about the...

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