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Issues & Insights Vol. 12 – No. 5 – Progress Despite Disagreements

Strategic dynamics in East Asia are being transformed. This process is driven by changes in the number of weapons involved — the United States and Russia are reducing arsenals, China is increasing its weapons, and new nuclear weapon possessing states are or may soon be emerging — as well as qualitative shifts in strategic capabilities, ranging from the development of missile defense, long-range conventional strike capabilities, and increasingly mobile and survivable systems. A discussion that once focused on the US-Russia strategic relationship must now take into account other nuclear powers. One of the most important strategic relationships is between the US and China.