SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Weapons for disarmament: Chinese responses to nuclear weapons testing 1946-1967

Katrin Heilmann (King's College London)

Date: 21 March 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 21 March 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 559

Type of Event: 0

When China became a nuclear weapons state in 1964, it justified its test stating that ‘American nuclear blackmail’ had forced China to develop nuclear weapons, which it ultimately sought to eliminate. While countries like Laos and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam applauded China's nuclear test, others including Japan protested criticising China for nuclear fallout. Prior to 1964, China, just like Japan, condemned American and British nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific, which it portrayed as proof of the 'warmongering' nature of the 'Imperialists'. How was China’s evolving position on nuclear testing and the dangers of fallout communicated to the Chinese public, how to an international audience and what was the reception between 1946 and 1967, when China tested its hydrogen bomb?

Organiser: Lars Laamann

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