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U.S. says China is resisting bilateral nuclear talks

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GENEVA (Reuters) – China is resisting bilateral talks with the United States on nuclear weapons, the U.S. disarmament ambassador told a U.N. conference on Tuesday.

“To date Beijing has not been willing to engage meaningfully or establish expert discussions similar to those we have with Russia. We sincerely hope that will change,” said Robert Wood, describing China’s position as unfortunate.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are set to discuss arms control and security issues at a meeting and strategic nuclear stability will be on the agenda.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Catherine Evans)