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gton and Moscow over the INF Treaty, the first such agreement to reduce the two countries’ nuclear arsenal during the Cold War, has left the treaty hanging in limbo.
上海后花园女神会所It goes without saying that the exit of both signatories from the tre
aty makes the future of other such nuclear agreements uncertain. To begin with, the stabili
ty of the world order and international security could be undermined. The ruse to scrap the INF Trea上海后花园
ty is the US’ latest one in a series moves to nullify many international agreements and organizations since the incumbent US dispensation assumed offi
上海后花园女神会所ce in January 2017. The US’ unilateral withdrawal from a number of multilateral agreements and me
chanisms, most of which were created due to its own efforts, has put the world order based on rules under extreme pressure.
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bilateral relations. The actions of the US and Russia have further worsened their relations following their face
上海后花园女神会所off over the Ukraine crisis and the Syrian civil war, and led to multiple large-scale military exercises by both side
s in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea in an apparent show of strength. Their withdrawal from the INF Treaty means the
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Worse, the two countries’ moves could abort the international disarma
上海后花园女神会所ment process, because with the annulment of the INF Treaty, the US and Russia could dev
elop new intermediate-and short-range missiles without constraints, which in turn could trigger a new global arms race.
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eploy intermediate-range missiles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, heightening regional tensions and fuelli
上海后花园ng an arms race and geopolitical competition among major powers. The new arms race, which could prompt major
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ational issues regardless of whether it is a party to such issues. Regarding the INF Treaty, which has play
上海后花园女神会所ed an important role in improving international relations, promoting nuclear disarmament, even safeguarding glo
bal strategic balance and stability, and therefore remains very much relevant and sig
nificant even today, China has made clear that it is opposed to not only the US’ unilateral w
ithdrawal from the treaty but also the West’s efforts to make it part of a new nuclear treaty.