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Wu Riqiang

Wu Riqiang is Associate Professor at School of International Studies, Renmin University of China. He received his PhD in politics from Tsinghua University in 2012. Before that, he worked for six years at the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation as a missile designer. He visited MIT's Science, Technology and Global Security Working Group during the 2009 fall semester. He was a 2010-2011 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at CISAC (the Center for International Security and Cooperation), Stanford University. His current work focuses on arms control, including missile defense, space security, and strategic stability.


Articles by Wu Riqiang (2)

  • Misinterpreting China's nuclear posture

    In this debate, both Thomas Mahnken and Elbridge Colby argue that a secure sea-based second-strike capability might embolden China to pursue a more aggressive foreign policy. Their arguments are based on an article by Thomas Christensen, which drew the conclusion that China's nuclear strategy is based on a textbook of the PLA's Second Artillery Corps, Science of Second Artillery Campaigns, which calls for blurring the line between conventional and nuclear war. Christensen's conclusion is proble
  • SSBNs are unnecessary and destabilising

    A Chinese Type 094 (Jin-class) SSBN. (Wikipedia.) Regarding the Chinese and Indian ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) programs and their impact on international security, my arguments are: (1) they are not necessary; (2) noisy SSBNs are destabilising and should not be deployed; and (3) China's SSBNs are still far from being operational.