AUTHORLewis, John Wilson / Xue, Litai
TITLEChina Builds the Bomb
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA

This book relates how China adopted a nuclear weapons program; it discusses industry, technology, politics, and military affairs as well as ties between the Soviet Union and China, the military and civilians, and scientists and government. Although China was poverty stricken and technologically primitive, it managed to detonate its first nuclear weapon less than a decade after committing to its program. The book places great emphasis on the ability of China to mine and enrich uranium. It contains extensive endnotes and appendices with the Chinese government’s official statement upon detonating its first nuclear weapon, a chronology of nuclear tests from 1964 to 1978, and a list of key figures in developing the Chinese nuclear weapons program.

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