President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to continue a dialogue about the next phase of arms control to reduce the risk of a nuclear war, a safeguard China says should include the slashing of their nuclear arsenals.
Russia and the United States are the largest nuclear powers, making a stable, working relationship important to world order. It was a topic Putin and Biden raised at Wednesday’s summit and after the meeting, both world leaders agreed to help reduce the threat because nuclear war must “never be fought” because it “cannot be won.”
China called the agreement to engage in bilateral dialogue on strategic stability a “welcomed” development. However, they pushed for both countries to take further action to reduce the number of nuclear weapons they possess.
Russia and the U.S. should “substantively slash their nuclear stockpile in a verifiable, irreversible and legally-binding way to create conditions for the ultimate comprehensive and complete nuclear disarmament,” according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian.
“This is the most effective way to uphold global strategic stability and promote international peace and security,” Lijian said.
Russia, the United States and China, along with the United Kingdom and France, are considered the five nuclear states, and all signed the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). A landmark international treaty, its objective is to prevent additional countries from acquiring nuclear weapons, and eventually achieve nuclear disarmament.
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