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US and Russia ‘nuclear stability’ talks will ‘set the scene’ for transparency from China

Re-establishing nuclear stability talks between Russia and the US will “set the scene” to pressure the Chinese to provide “actual transparency” over their own nuclear doctrine, says ASPI Foreign policy expert Michael Shoebridge.

The remarks come following the recent Geneva summit meeting between US President Biden and Russia President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Shoebridge identified the most important items of agenda President Biden would have made to President Putin were “military stability in Europe”, “nuclear stability” and the “message” it sends to Beijing.

“Ukrainian security and Russia not posing a direct military threat to Europe would be top of the list,” he said.

“And then re-establishing nuclear stability talks between Russia and the US because that sets the scene for pressuring the Chinese to engage in some actual transparency around their own nuclear doctrine – which is quite a dangerous thing.”

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