The United States would distract from its own commitments, the Beijing State Department said. Meanwhile, the police took action against protesters in Hong Kong.
China has refused to participate in the US and Russian disarmament talks. According to the state media, the spokeswoman for the State Department in Beijing, Hua Chunying, said on Wednesday that China has repeatedly said: “that it has no intention of participating in so-called tripartite arms control conversation with the United States and Russia.”
The White House is trying to pull China into the extension of the New Start treaty to limit strategic nuclear weapons, the spokeswoman said. The United States had already withdrawn from several other arms control agreements and, with reference to China, only wanted to distract from its own obligations.
Russia and the United States plan to hold talks at the foreign ministry level in Vienna on June 22 to discuss a possible new nuclear disarmament agreement. China has been invited to do so, although it’s not part of the New Start contract, which expires on February 5, 2021.
Meanwhile, arrests have taken place in Hong Kong on the anniversary of the pro-democratic demonstrations. In the downtown area of the financial centre, roads were blocked, and the police used pepper spray to disperse the demonstrators. According to the police, 53 people were arrested late Tuesday evening for unauthorized rallies and participate in gatherings. The government in Hong Kong had banned the assembly of groups of more than eight people to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.