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Testimony before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

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by Richard Fisher, Jr.
Published on October 14th, 2011

One of the most vexing challenges to the security of the United States is how to assess the future strategic nuclear capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and how to plan for U.S. strategic capabilities that will ensure deterrence of PRC nuclear aggression and coercion against the United States, its allies and its friends.  Even considering the current dire budgetary environment, this is one challenge that allows for no margin of error in the American response. After two decades of massive military investments the PRC leadership may be entering a phase where its assessment of an American relative decline could embolden new levels of aggression, perhaps against Taiwan, against the U.S. strategic position in Asia, or in support of its gathering network of client dictatorships – or all three of these.

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