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Nuclear Doctrines & Arms Build up in South Asia Potential for Instability

Brinkmanship is the new name of the game in the geopolitics of nuclear weapons state. United States and Russia are subsumed in their dyad of rhetorical one-upmanship which is likely to be sustained through progressive modernisation and build up of respective nuclear arsenals. While numbers may remain constant, the potential of new and deadly weapons carries portends of an arms race of a different category including hyper sonic weapons, artificial intelligence and cyber as extensions whose dimensions have not been fully charted. China falling into the upper strategic triad is also adopting a parallel trajectory. While China’s nuclear doctrine essentially remains minimalist with a commitment to No First Use, Beijing as per assessment of the United States Director of National Intelligence is increasing the, “viability of [China’s] strategic deterrent by providing a second-strike capability” to include testing of hypersonic glide vehicle, submarine launched ballistic missiles and additional ballistic missile submarines while developing a next generation bomber........................... Developments in China will put pressure on India in the lower strategic triad which the two countries share with Pakistan.....................

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