US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during a meeting with the foreign ministers of Southeast Asian states, expressed concern about the sharp growth of China's nuclear arsenal. This is reported by Axios.
Blinken also called on China to stop provocations in the South China Sea and expressed concern about human rights violations in Tibet, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang.
Beijing and Washington do not have mutual agreements on arms control. At the same time, the United States has repeatedly called on China to conclude a trilateral treaty to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons jointly with Russia. Last July, the Chinese authorities announced that they were not going to accept the US invitation to start trilateral negotiations.
Last month, the Federation of American Scientists indicated that China has about 350 operational nuclear warheads.
According to the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), nine nuclear powers вЂ” the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and the DPRK вЂ” collectively have 13,080 nuclear weapons at the beginning of 2021. This is less than the 13,400 units that these countries had at the beginning of 2020, according to SIPRI.