Arming China : major powers’ arms transfers to the People’s Republic of China
Title: Arming China : major powers’ arms transfers to the People’s Republic of China
Citation: Journal of strategic studies, 2017, OnlineFirst
ISSN: 0140-2390; 1743-937X
The rise of China has been fuelled by a massive military modernisation programme relying, in large part, on the acquisition of foreignmilitary equipment. The question of how the world’smajor powers define their arms transfer policies towards China is therefore crucially important. This article makes two original contributions. First, drawing on neoclassical realism, it proposes an explanatory framework integrating international and domestic factors to explain variations in major powers’ arms transfers. Second, based on a large body of elite interviews and diplomatic cables, it offers the first comprehensive comparison of American, British, French and Russian arms transfer policies towards China since the end of the Cold War.
First published online: 24 February 2017
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