US-Russia talks on launching nuclear disarmament, but no sign of reaching China



The US and Russia will resume talks on their nuclear weapons after a one-year hiatus on Monday, and uncertainty over whether Donald Trump is interested in maintaining arms control over the past four months before the election.


Trump's new US arms control ambassador, Marshall Billingslaus, will lead a delegation to meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rabkov in Vienna and also send a delegation to Beijing.

The Foreign Ministry said, "The United States has extended an open invitation to the People's Republic of China to participate in these negotiations and has made it clear that the three countries should continue the arms control talks."

Trump has insisted that China be involved in decades of talks, but the Chinese government has refused. The Federation of American Scientists currently estimates its reserves at 320 warheads are less than the twentieth of the US or Russian arsenal.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said earlier this month that China was not yet mature enough to engage in nuclear disarmament talks.

Billingslea replied in a tweet: "China ... must look at reruns." To achieve great power status requires dealing with great energy responsibility. There is no great Great Wall secret about its nuclear structure. China Waiting Seat in Vienna. "

The two-day negotiations table in the Austrian capital includes a new 2010 agreement that limits the number of strategic warheads deployed by the US and Russians (mounted on long-range delivery systems) to 1550. The deal expires next February. It could easily be extended for the next five years. Although Vladimir Putin says he is ready to expand, the Trump administration has yet to make a final decision.

Trump administration officials say China needs to be involved, along with a comprehensive agreement and more stringent verification to cover tactical weapons. Such a change requires months, if not years, to achieve it.

If allowed to abolish new beginnings, there would be no agreed limit on the proliferation of nuclear weapons for the first time in nearly half a century.

"The administration is clearly trying to show the Chinese and pressure them to participate in any way they can. The Chinese are not feeling any pressure to do so.

US allies are lobbying the Trump administration to encourage China to participate in wider arms control talks and agree to an extension. There was little enthusiasm for US policy when Billingsall made his point during a videoconference presentation at the North Atlantic Council (NIC) in May at a member's ambassador's meeting.

One Western diplomat said, "He was very clear that President Trump prioritized tripartite arms control, and he felt he had the mandate to go out and get it." "The Allies want the administration to pursue new beginnings. They are concerned that the administration is going to focus too much on China and do not use this time to expand new beginnings.

"Those concerns have been raised respectfully," the diplomat said, and no decision has yet been made on the new beginning.

The NAC meeting was held on the day Trump announced his focus on deviating from another arms control treaty, the Open Skies Agreement, which would allow Russia, the US and 32 other countries to make surveillance flights to each region. And transparency. Trump pulled out of the deal because he violated the Russian agreement by imposing borders on the border. European allies argued that such breaches could be resolved and would not jeopardize the security interests of the treaty.

"I think the Allies are really committed to doing what they can to get Russia to comply, so that the US can consider withdrawing its decision," the Western diplomat said. .

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