China spurns strategic security talks with U.S.

China's defense minister on Monday rebuffed an offer from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to hold strategic nuclear talks, saying military dialogue will be limited to counterpiracy, counterterrorism and peacekeeping cooperation.

"The Chinese side noticed the proposal of Secretary Gates on the conducting of the strategic-security dialogue, and we are studying that," he said.......Former State Department official John Tkacik, a career China specialist, said, "'Consider and study' is diplomatic-speak for 'no way, no how.'"


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