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Why China Will Steer Clear of a New START on Arms Control

May 14, 2019 | 05:15 GMT
A new type 094A Jin-class nuclear submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China's PLA Navy in the sea near Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong province on April 23.

A new type 094A Jin-class nuclear submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China's PLA Navy in the sea near Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong province on April 23. Beijing has reason to consider joining a revamped New START arms treaty, but it's likely to decide it's better off remaining on the outside.

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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