With the possibility that China will deploy its JIN-class submarine fleet during this contentious time, dialogue between the US and China has become evermore important in order to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to escalation to conventional or even a nuclear confrontation.
About the Author
Brittney Washington is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy with a background in Pacific Asia and International Security Studies. She has studied and worked in Japan and South Korea, and recently interned in Beijing at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. While at Carnegie-Tsinghua, she assisted Dr. Tong Zhao, an associate scholar in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program, with research examining the complexities of the U.S.-China nuclear relationship including topics such as strategic stability, nuclear nonproliferation, and military strategy. Throughout the course of the 2016 Nuclear Scholar Initiative Brittney would like to further explore U.S.-China nuclear relations in regards to the South China Sea issue, particularly how the deployment of Chinese ballistic missile submarines in these contested waters might impact nuclear deterrence between the United States and China.
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