China calls on Washington, Moscow to preserve nuclear treaty

A ministry statement said: “China is opposed to the US withdrawal and urges the US and Russia to properly resolve differences through constructive dialogue.” (File photo: Reuters)

China’s government has appealed to Washington and Moscow to preserve the nuclear arms treaty following a US decision to withdraw.

The foreign ministry warned on Saturday the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty might trigger “adverse consequences.”

A ministry statement said: “China is opposed to the US withdrawal and urges the US and Russia to properly resolve differences through constructive dialogue.”

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The Trump administration announced the decision on Friday to shed what it sees as unreasonable constraints on competing with Russia and a more assertive China.

Other governments and arms-control advocates have warned the US move might open the door to a new nuclear arms race.

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