Russia and China criticized the U.S. after its chief arms-control negotiator sought to embarrass Beijing by posting a photo of Chinese flags and empty chairs for delegates who weren’t scheduled to attend talks aimed at rescuing a key nuclear treaty.
“Vienna talks about to start. China is a no-show,” Marshall Billingslea wrote in a tweet sent before the scheduled talks with Russia began on Monday. “Beijing still hiding behind GreatWallofSecrecy on its crash nuclear build-up, and so many other things. We will proceed with Russia, notwithstanding.”