What to expect from US-China nuke talks

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that US President Joe Biden proposed strategic stability talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during their virtual meeting on November 15 and that “the two leaders agreed that we would look to begin to carry forward discussions on strategic stability.”

The United States has long sought such discussions with China, but Beijing has invariably declined, arguing that “conditions are not ripe” because the US nuclear arsenal is much larger than China’s.

Yet while promising that it would stick to “minimum deterrence” (codewords for a small nuclear force), Beijing has been growing its arsenal and, according to recent evidence, this growth is advancing much faster than anticipated, with no end in sight.

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