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July 29, 1996
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China tests nuclear bomb, now at test ban talks
LONDON (CNN) -- Hours after what China promised would be its
last nuclear test, Beijing's envoy arrived in Geneva Monday
for talks on making that promise a reality, not only for
itself but for all nuclear powers.
Discussions resumed on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
after taking a month off.
The treaty is already in draft form, and needs to be approved
by the 61 nations involved. Negotiators have missed one
provisional deadline already because of differences over
issues such as how the treaty will come into force, on-site
inspections, and language about disarmament.
India and China are said to be chief among the objectors.
But reports say the United States and the Russians are
confident they will reach agreement on a compromise.
Correspondent Margaret Lowrie contributed to this report.
Russian navy grasps at threads of glory for 300th anniversary
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (CNN) -- The Russian navy Monday
celebrated its 300th anniversary. Hundreds of thousands of
people lined the harbor at St. Petersburg, where the navy was
founded, to remember the glory days of the Russian naval
Veterans brought out their medals and paraded through the
city, reminding many Russians of the navy's strength during
World War Two. One said the Germans were afraid of the
Russian navy, calling the sailors "the black death."
However, the Russian navy, like the U.S. Navy, has seen
severe cuts recently. In the 1980s, the force numbered
500,000 personnel and 290 main warships. Today, it is down
to fewer than 300,000 personnel, and about 150 main warships.
Correspondent Mike Hanna contributed to this report.
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