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Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10:46
China regrets US withdrawal from Open Skies treaty
By Xinhua
Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10:46 By Xinhua

BEIJING — China expresses deep regret over the United States' decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies despite the opposition of the international community, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Friday.

The US move is not conducive to maintaining mutual military trust and transparency among countries in the region, maintaining security and stability in the region concerned, and will also have a negative impact on the international arms control and disarmament processes

Zhao Lijian, Spokesperson, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Zhao made the remarks in response to a question concerning media reports that the United States Thursday said it would withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies.

The US move is another negative manifestation of its adherence to the Cold War mentality, pursuing "American First" and unilateralism, and breaching of international commitments, Zhao told a press briefing.

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"The US move is not conducive to maintaining mutual military trust and transparency among countries in the region, maintaining security and stability in the region concerned, and will also have a negative impact on the international arms control and disarmament processes," he added.


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