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China reiterates it has ‘no intention’ of joining arms control talks with US, Russia

14 February 2020

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) reiterated on 12 February that Beijing has "no intention" of joining trilateral arms control negotiations with the United States and Russia.

During a press briefing in Beijing MoFA spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Beijing's position on this issue is "clear and understood by Russia and the wider international community".

"It is worth pointing out that the US, sitting on the largest arsenal of the most advanced nuclear weapons, should earnestly fulfill its special responsibility in nuclear disarmament, respond to Russia's call to extend the New START [New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty], and further cut down its massive nuclear arsenal, thus creating conditions for other nuclear-weapon states to join multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations," said Geng.

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