China has refused this Tuesday to participate in talks on nuclear issues with the United States and Russia, after the North American country confirmed a meeting in this regard with Moscow and invited to join Beijing.
“We have noticed that The United States has been dragging China onto the issue (…) every time it is raised “with the intention of deviating from its responsibility,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, adding that Washington’s claims to want to negotiate in good faith seem “extremely ridiculous and even surreal. ”
The meeting in question, announced Monday by the United States Special Envoy for Arms Control, Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, will be held June 22 in Vienna.
The United States may be willing to extend the New START, the arms treaty with which limited to 1,550 nuclear warheads of each power and whose term ends in February 2021, as long as Russia can convince China to sit down to negotiate.
Moscow has been in favor of reaching an agreementWhile the United States has always made it contingent on the Kremlin’s ability to convince the Beijing government to sit down and negotiate.
The Asian giant’s nuclear weapons represent a fraction compared to that of Russia and the United States and China has not shown much interest in entering into negotiations in this regard.