Any prospect of joining in trilateral nuclear arms limitation talks with the U.S. refused by China. Calling reports from Washington that it would do so a alteration of its stated position
From BEIJING — China on Friday refused any prospect of joining in nuclear arms limitation talks with the U.S., calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position.
China’s objection to the so-called trilateral arms control interlocution is clear, and the U.S. knows it very well. However, the U.S. is persistent on the issue and even distorted China’s place,” Zhao said at a daily news briefing.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters the U.S. was not serious in the proposed negotiations and should instead respond to Russia’s call for a propagation to the existing New START treaty limiting the number of nuclear warheads.
At this time China, with the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal after the U.S. and Russia. China has maintained that it will not join in talks with Washington and Moscow on decreasing its number of warheads. However, Zhao appeared to hold open the door to some form of discussions saying Washington needed to “create conditions for another nuclear-weapon states to participate in nuclear disarmament negotiations.”
The U.S. pointedly noted the Chinese absence at talks with Russia in Vienna two weeks ago on extending or replacing NEW Start. 2010 arms reduction treaty that expires in February.
The pact is between the U.S. and Russia, long the world’s major nuclear powers. The US government wants China, as a rising military power, to join.
Fu Cong, the director general of the Foreign Ministry’s arms control department. On Wednesday said that demand unrealistic because China has a much lesser nuclear arsenal than the other two. By inviting China to join, the U.S. is creating a excuse to walk away from the talks without replacing the treaty, he said.