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Xi and Biden discussed disarmament and oil reserves

A day after leader Xi Jinping’s online summit with US President Joe Biden, the first details from the meeting are emerging. The two sides have agreed on a high-level series of talks on nuclear disarmament, Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday evening. According to the statement, Biden had put the issue on the agenda in light of China’s nuclear arsenal buildup. Biden expressed concern over China’s testing of two hypersonic missiles and the militarization of the Indo-Pacific, Sullivan said. The US Defense Department had recently warned that China could already have about 1,000 nuclear warheads ready by 2030 (China.Table reported). The Pentagon has also been calling for disarmament negotiations for some time.

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