Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | October 15, 2011

Infamous Anniversaries: 16 October 1964 – First Chinese nuclear test

47 years ago, on 16 October 1964, the People’s Republic of China conducted its first nuclear test. It was the world’s fifth country to do so. ‘Operation 596’ was carried out at the Lop Nur test site, and was the first of a total of 45 Chinese nuclear tests. The last test took place on 29 July 1996, only two months before China signed the CTBT. It has yet to ratify the Treaty, and is one of the nine remaining countries who must do so for the CTBT to enter into force.

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