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China – Non-Proliferation & Strategic Trade Controls

Byline: Understanding the role of China in non-proliferation and strategic trade controls 

China’s position as one of the legal nuclear powers amongst the five permanent UN Security Council members, its strong relationship with the DPRK, and its centrality to global trade makes it an important stakeholder in global non-proliferation and strategic trade control regimes.

Project Alpha is seeking to understand how best to balance trade and security interests vis-à-vis China using a variety of open source techniques. Specifically, Alpha is mapping out proliferation networks operating in China to understand how they interact with Chinese government, economic and legal systems. Alpha further seeks to understand specific methods and typologies, which proliferators use when operating in China, and in this regard, aims to assess the effectiveness of Chinese law enforcement.

Project Alpha also examines developments in China’s approach to non-proliferation. It is currently following the development of China’s upcoming Export Control Law and is seeking to understand how its implementation may impact China’s domestic export control regime, international businesses, and engagement with the global non-proliferation community.

In addition, Alpha seeks to comprehend China’s relationship with the DPRK and the role of strategic trade levers China uses on Pyongyang. Alpha is also looking into the dynamic and diverging political and economic drivers that exist between central and local authorities in dealing with the DPRK.