Beijing — China called on the US to reconsider pulling out of a three-decade-old arms control treaty with Russia, saying the move would generate “multiple negative effects.” President Donald Trump said Saturday he planned to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as INT, claiming that Moscow had breached the agreement on intermediate-range conventional and nuclear weapons. The New York Times reported the move was in part to enable the US to counter a Chinese arms buildup in the Pacific. “I want to stress that it is completely wrong to use China as an excuse for pulling out of the treaty,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Monday in Beijing. “We hope relevant countries can cherish the hard-won achievements over the years, prudently and properly handle issues related to the treaty through dialogue and consultation, and think twice about withdrawing from the treaty.” Without the restrictions of the 1987 treaty, China has had a free hand d...

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