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Soviet and Peoples Republic of China: Nuclear Weapons Employment Policy and Strategy, Part II   [open pdf - 3MB]

"In 1949 when the Chinese communists came to power they possessed little more than a sizable land army. And, to quote Mao, that army possessed little more than 'millet plus rifles'. To the Chinese leaders, their victory proved the validity of Mao's teachings that man, not weapons, is the decisive factor in war, and that victory over a technologically superior enemy can be gained in a protracted war of attrition and annihilation. [...] Professional military leaders argued in support of nuclear weapons and of new military technology, in general, at the expense of the slow development of the country's economic potential, as favored by some party leaders."

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1972-03
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Public Domain
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National Security Archive: http://www.nsarchive.gwu.edu/
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