Why China Will Steer Clear of a New START on Arms Control
May 14, 2019 | 05:15 GMT
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- With time ticking on the New START agreement to limit nuclear arms, the United States will continue its efforts to create a successor treaty that would include China for the first time.
- While controls on strategic nuclear weapons would have little immediate impact on Beijing at this time, any given treaty opens the door to possible oversight and compliance screening, which is unpalatable to Beijing.
- Given the significant mistrust among the world's great powers, China is unlikely to agree to any nuclear limitation deal.