23:53 GMT08 July 2020
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    In its national defence white paper China said that international non-proliferation regime compromised by double standards and faces new challenges.

    China said in its national defence white paper that US military strategy undermines strategic stability. It also reads that the global military competition is intensifying, as the United States seeks absolute dominance while Russia pursues military reforms.

    The document, which is entitled "China's National Defence in the New Era," was released by the State Council Information Office.

    Washington announced earlier this year it was departing the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was drawn up in 1987 to address the crisis created by the US stationing of Pershing II missiles in Western Europe, claiming Russia had violated its terms and beginning the six-month departure process. Moscow has denied the claims. However, the Pentagon has had several weapons that violate the range limits set by the INF in development for years and planned to test those weapons in 2019.

    In the white paper, Beijing said it is not planning to take part in arms race and that it will keep its nuclear arsenal at minimum sufficient level. It also says that China stands for complete ban on nuclear weapons.

    "China does not engage in any nuclear arms race with any other country and keeps its nuclear capabilities at the minimum level required for national security. China pursues a nuclear strategy of self-defence, the goal of which is to maintain national strategic security by deterring other countries from using or threatening to use nuclear weapons against China," the document says.

    International non-proliferation regime is compromised by double standards and faces new challenges, it says.

    It is also noted that unconventional security threats, such as cyberattacks, are on the rise.

    USA, nuclear weapons, arms race, China
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