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China Rejects Us Calls For Bilateral Talks On Nukes

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Bad news for the rest of the world. China is refusing to engage in bilateral talks with the United States regarding nuclear weapons. 

In a virtual U.N. conference earlier this week, U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood stated that “despite the PRC’s dramatic build-up of its nuclear arsenal, unfortunately it continues to resist discussing nuclear risk reduction bilaterally with the United States.”

“To date Beijing has not been willing to engage meaningfully or establish expert discussions similar to those we have with Russia. We sincerely hope that will change,” Wood added.

China’s envoy Ji Zhaoyu rebutted “we stand ready to carry out positive dialogue and exchange with all parties to jointly explore effective measures to reduce nuclear risk and to contribute to global strategic security.”

The trade of words took place during a dialogue on the Prevention of Nuclear War with 65 members of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. Based in Geneva, the body has often been an avenue for heated talks and strained exchanges between some of the most powerful nations.

Earlier this month, Navy Adm. Charles A. Richard expressed his thoughts on the China quandary, “as a nation, we have not had to consider the implications of engaging in competition through possible crisis or direct armed conflict with a nuclear-capable adversary in nearly three decades. Now, for the first time in our history, we face two nuclear-capable strategic peer competitors at the same time.”

Last year, the Illinois-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published an article stating that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) owns approximately 350 nuclear warheads (a number much larger that what the U.S. Defense Department has estimated). 

However, it is not the number of weapons of mass destruction that China owns, that the world needs to worry about. It’s how an oppressive communist regime like the CPP and its dictatorial leader Xi Jin Ping will use it against the world that they are already trying to bully beforehand. 

Xi should follow his best friend Putin’s lead as the Russian president showed his more logical decision-making by extending an important nuclear treaty with the United States. Dubbed “The New START Treaty,” the agreement’s aim is to limit the deployment of Russian intercontinental-range nuclear weapons and will stay in effect until January 4, 2026.

This effort by Russia is a small step to achieving global peace and security. The reach of the agreement is limited but will do for now. The rest of the world needs to unite and pressure the commies in Beijing to cooperate for the good of humankind.

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