Donald Trump becomes President when the global nuclear order is wobbly and arms-control agreements are unraveling. Nuclear dangers are growing along three axes – North Korea, U.S.-Russian relations, and the triangular competition among India, Pakistan and China. The potential for friction between the United States and China is also growing along with Beijing’s ambitions to control resources and sea-lanes around its periphery. China is modernizing its nuclear forces, but at a slow pace, which could accelerate. A fifth axis of nuclear danger could reopen if, as promised, Trump rips up the Iran nuclear agreement.
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