China challenges US to chop nuclear arsenal to matching degree

Beijing, July 8

China would “be happy to” take part in trilateral arms management negotiations with the United States and Russia, however provided that the United States had been prepared to cut back its nuclear arsenal to China’s degree, a senior Chinese diplomat stated on Wednesday.

Washington has repeatedly known as for China to affix in trilateral negotiations to increase New START, a flagship nuclear arms treaty between the United States and Russia that is because of expire in February subsequent 12 months.

Fu Cong, head of the arms management division of Chinese overseas ministry, reiterated to reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that China has no real interest in becoming a member of the negotiation with former Cold War-era superpowers, provided that the US nuclear arsenal is about 20 instances the scale of China’s.

“I can assure you, if the US says that they are ready to come down to the Chinese level, China would be happy to participate the next day,” he stated. “But actually, we know that’s not going to happen.”

Fu asserted that for the United States, asking China to take part in trilateral negotiations is “nothing but a ploy to divert attention” and an excuse for the United States to stroll away from the New START extension.

“The real purpose is to get rid of all restrictions and have a free hand in seeking military superiority over any adversary, real or imagined,” stated Fu.

Fu maintained China will not be “shying away from the international nuclear disarmament process” and is ready to debate inside the framework of the United Nations Security Council’s 5 everlasting members all points associated to the discount of nuclear dangers. Reuters

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