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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Is India a nuclear nation?

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Fallout: Tokyo and Washington vow sanctions against New Delhi

Mission Accomplished: The father of India's weapons program

INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS have given it what a government spokesman describes as "a credible nuclear deterrent." Does that mean it has officially joined the nuclear club? Or is India, along with Pakistan and Israel, still a "threshold" nuclear power?

According to Brahma Chellaney, a noted expert on nuclear and security issues at the Center for Policy Research in Delhi, "threshold" is not a technical term but an expression coined by analysts to describe countries that have successfully conducted weapons tests but have not declared themselves to be nuclear states. Pakistan and Israel fall in this category. India is the first "threshold country" to demonstrate its capability.

But why wasn't India included after conducting its first nuclear weapon test in 1974? Because, says Chellaney, that test was done with a crude fission device detonated without a warhead. The recent tests were done with devices involving "pure fission," "boosted fission" and "thermonuclear" (implying a hydrogen bomb) processes, which are on the cutting edge of nuclear technology.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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