"China has sent somebody who is not officially here as a representative of China, but he is a very high level Chinese official who deals with nuclear weapons, and he is here as ‘academic’, but he is certainly here to listen on behalf of the Chinese government," a conference speaker told Sputnik on condition of anonymity.
The source also praised the last minute decision of the United States and the UK to attend the conference, deeming it a positive sign that could potentially lead to global nuclear disarmament.
That makes Russia and France the only ones of the five officially recognized nuclear powers not attending the third conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, which brings together representatives from almost 160 nations, drawing participants from civil society, international organizations and academia.
"Probably Russia is not here right now because relations between Russia and the West are so difficult at the moment. I think that is unfortunate, I do not understand this,” the speaker told Sputnik adding that even if the countries disagree, it is better when they are in the same room.