China has warned that the United States is the biggest threat to global stability, saying Washington should make the first move in shrinking its nuclear stockpile.
In a joint statement on January 20, the US and Japan expressed concern over what they called China’s “ongoing increase in its nuclear capabilities” and called on Beijing to “contribute to arrangements that reduce nuclear risks, increase transparency, and advance nuclear disarmament.”
On Friday, Beijing lambasted Washington and Tokyo for sounding the false alarm, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warning that it is the US that is the biggest threat to global security and stability with the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world.
“As we all know, it is the US that is the biggest threat to global stability with the world’s biggest and most advanced nuclear stockpile,” Zhao said.
The United States, he added, has deployed missile defense systems around the world. “Despite possessing the world’s largest and most advanced nuclear arsenal, the US is still investing trillions of dollars to upgrade its ‘nuclear triad’, developing low-yield nuclear weapons and lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons.”
He also said the US should “mind its own business” before criticizing China and cut its nuclear stockpile to set an example for other countries, emphasizing that China remained firmly committed to a self-defensive nuclear strategy and no-first-use policy on nuclear weapons.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman denounced Japan for accumulating large quantities of weapons-grade plutonium and “desperately trying to prevent the US from adopting the no-first-use policy.”
“If the Japanese side is sincere about promoting nuclear arms control and non-proliferation, it should adopt a responsible attitude and respond to these international concerns,” Zhao stated.
Separately in his remarks, Zhao censured Washington for imposing “hegemonic” sanctions on three Chinese companies over the charges of “missile technology proliferation”, urging the White House to “revoke the relevant sanctions and stop suppressing Chinese enterprises and smearing China.” The spokesman accused the US of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles.
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