U.S. Officials Pushing For Nuke Talks With China
China is developing advanced weapons, leading US officials to push for the first nuclear talks between the two countries. Beijing has never been a party to any nuclear arms limitation deal with Washington.
Photo Insert: US President Joe Biden raised the possibility of “strategic stability talks” with Xi Jinping, China’s leader, during a virtual summit this month.
Biden administration officials say the issue has taken on more urgency than has been publicly acknowledged, Melina Delkic wrote for the New York Times.
Beijing’s recent moves, such as building new missile silo fields and testing new types of advanced weapons, suggest China may now be interested in developing a nuclear first-strike capability, not just the minimum deterrent.
Biden raised the possibility of “strategic stability talks” with Xi Jinping, China’s leader, during a virtual summit this month.
Meanwhile, Biden’s aides are deep into an examination of American nuclear strategy that will be published in the coming months. The review, which every new administration is required to undertake, will contain key decisions — including whether to go ahead with a trillion-dollar modernization plan or not.