Senior U.S. official said on November 1 at the Atlantic Council that the Chinese regime does not want to discuss reducing nuclear weapons risk.
According to Reuters, Alexandra Bell, deputy assistant secretary of state for arms control, said that although the U.S. has expressed a willingness to negotiate on the issue of nuclear weapons, China has shown no interest in getting involved.
Bell said, “As a first step, we’d really like to have a conversation with them about each other’s doctrines, about crisis communication, crisis management.”
She added, “We’re not in that space with Beijing yet. So, there’s work to be done to begin the conversation, we think bilaterally.”
Richard Johnson, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Nuclear and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy, confirmed China’s regime’s unwillingness to negotiate with the United States on the nuclear issue bilaterally.
Johnson said, “The Chinese have stopped doing that [bilaterally negotiate], and that’s a real concern.”
At the opening of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ‘s 20th Congress on October 16, CCP’s general secretary Xi Jinping stated that China would accelerate the building of a world-class military besides strengthening its ability to build a strategic deterrent capability.
U.S. Department of Defense says that China is expanding its nuclear arsenal towards the goal of possessing 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030.