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Xi says China ready to sign ASEAN's nuclear arms-free zone treaty

Apparent response to AUKUS pact is likely to turn up heat on Australia

Chinese submarines, including a nuclear-powered Type 094A Jin-class ballistic missile vessel, are seen during a military display in the South China Sea in 2018.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Monday that Beijing was ready to sign a Southeast Asia nuclear weapon-free treaty, in an apparent response to the new AUKUS defense pact between Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

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