China Does Not Intend To Participate In Negotiations With Russia And The United States On Disarmament
The Chinese government does not plan to participate in any trilateral disarmament talks with Russia and the United States. This was stated at a briefing on Tuesday by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.
"We have repeatedly stated our position. China does not intend to participate in the so-called trilateral talks with Russia and the United States on arms control," she said.
"The US continues to try to involve China. This is their usual behavior when they want to shift responsibility to others. In recent years, the United States has withdrawn from several international agreements, including the Joint comprehensive plan of action, the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles, the international arms trade Treaty, and the open skies Treaty, and is currently discussing the possibility of resuming nuclear testing. When an official of such a country talks about negotiations of goodwill, it is absurd," the diplomat added.
The US President's special representative for arms control, Marshall Billingsley, said on Monday that he had reached an agreement with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov for talks on nuclear weapons this month. "China is also invited. Will China negotiate in good faith?" he wrote on Twitter.
As Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing an unnamed representative of the US State Department, Ryabkov and Billingsley will hold talks on June 22 in Vienna. According to the Agency, Washington does not exclude that the negotiations will discuss the possibility of extending the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3).