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China

Theft Ranking
Has Weapons-Usable Nuclear Materials
Change+1
Score60
Rank19

Summary

China ranks 19th, increasing its score by 1 point since 2014 due to lower levels of corruption. In the future, China’s nuclear materials security conditions could be improved by ensuring its requirements for the security of materials in transport to reflect the latest IAEA guidelines, improving cybersecurity requirements at nuclear facilities, requiring more stringent and frequent personnel vetting and reporting of suspicious behavior to mitigate the insider threat, hosting an international peer review, and publishing both nuclear security-related regulations and annual reports. China’s nuclear materials security conditions remain adversely affected by its high quantities of weapons-usable nuclear materials, large number of sites where materials are located, and corruption challenges.


Category & Indicator Scores

Category & Indicators
Rank / Score / Δ

Quantities and Sites
34
18

Quantities of Nuclear Materials
25
=18

Sites and Transportation
17
=17

Material Production / Elimination Trends
75
=13

Security and Control Measures
62
15

On-site Physical Protection
80
=13

Control and Accounting Procedures
100
=1

Insider Threat Prevention
33
=19

Physical Security During Transport
50
=12

Response Capabilities
86
=9

Cybersecurity
0
=18

Global Norms
76
17

International Legal Commitments
100
=1

Voluntary Commitments
80
=16

International Assurances
40
=17

Domestic Commitments and Capacity
81
20

UNSCR 1540 Implementation
40
22

Domestic Nuclear Materials Security Legislation
100
=1

Safeguards Adherence and Compliance
67
=17

Independent Regulatory Agency
100
=1

Risk Environment
+5
40
18

Political Stability
45
18

Effective Governance
38
=16

Pervasiveness of Corruption
+25
25
=17

Group(s) Interested in Illicitly Acquiring Materials
50
=7

Legend

= denotes tie in rank
Δ denotes change in score between 2014 and 2016
– denotes no change between 2014 and 2016
All countries are scored 0–100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear security conditions

Note on Scores

Indicator scores equal the sum of the subindicator scores. Scores are then normalized 0-100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear materials security conditions.