Category Archives: Third Line

Historical Research: Chinese State Media Claims the Soviet Union Threatened China with a Nuclear Strike during the Zhenbao Island Border Conflict

A 2010 article in Cultural and Historical Reference (Wenshi Cankao), a publication of China’s state-controlled People’s Daily media outlet (Renmin Ribao), asserts that the Soviet Union threatened a “surgical” nuclear strike against China and that Chinese leaders publicly communicated the … Continue reading

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China’s Top Secret Mao-era Plutonium Production Facility Identified

In 1967 China started the construction of a top secret, underground plutonium production complex in a cave underneath a mountain near Fuling in Sichuan province. The complex, known as Plant 816, was never finished; China declassified the project in 2002, … Continue reading

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Foreign Correspondent’s Club Talk, Hong Kong 2014

I’ll be giving a talk at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Hong Kong about my research on the history of China’s nuclear weapons program.  Here is a PDF overview of the talk for participants; I look forward to meeting you! People’s … Continue reading

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University of Macau Public Lecture, 23 April 2014

Today I delivered a public lecture at the University of Macau (UM), sponsored by UM’s Department of Government and the Youth Association of International Affairs.  The lecture was titled “The People’s Nuclear Weapon: Strategic Culture and China’s Nuclear Deterrent, 1949-1975.” … Continue reading

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