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Chinese envoy slams U.S. for negative disarmament steps – Xinhua

Video: Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song on August 5, 2022 lambasted the United States for its negative disarmament measures during a committee meeting of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties in Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). (Xinhua)

The countries with the largest nuclear arsenals – the United States and Russia – should indeed discharge their special and primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament and make further significant and substantial reductions in their respective nuclear arsenals in a way verifiable, irreversible and legally binding, so that in order to create the necessary conditions for global and complete nuclear disarmament, Li Song said.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) — Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song on Friday criticized the United States for its negative disarmament measures.

Driven by the Cold War mentality, the United States obsessed over great power strategic competition and sought absolute strategic advantage, strengthened military alliances, stoked bloc confrontation on the eastern and western sides of the Eurasian continent. and continued the forward deployment of nuclear missiles and other strategic forces, Li told a committee meeting of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). .

Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song speaks during a committee meeting of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations headquarters in New York on August 5, 2022. (Chinese Mission to the UN/Handout via Xinhua)

“These negative measures have seriously undermined mutual trust among major powers, disrupted global strategic balance and stability, hampered international nuclear disarmament efforts, and increased the risk of nuclear arms races and conflicts,” he said. he declares.

The international community should seize the opportunity of this review conference to practice genuine multiculturalism, firmly resist Cold War mentality and bloc rivalry, uphold the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable development, and hold in-depth discussions on effective ways to advance the international nuclear disarmament process and maintain and strengthen the authority and effectiveness of the NPT, Li said.

The countries with the largest nuclear arsenals – the United States and Russia – should indeed discharge their special and primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament and make further significant and substantial reductions in their respective nuclear arsenals in a way verifiable, irreversible and legally binding, so that in order to create the conditions necessary for global and complete nuclear disarmament, he said.

The United States should abandon the development and deployment of a global missile defense system, refrain from deploying intermediate-range land-based missiles in Asia-Pacific and Europe, abandon its nuclear umbrella and nuclear sharing policies, and withdraw all their nuclear weapons from other countries. The international community should jointly oppose the replication of NATO’s nuclear sharing agreements in the Asia-Pacific region by the countries concerned, he said.

Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song (L) speaks during a committee meeting of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations Headquarters United in New York on August 5, 2022. (Chinese Mission to the UN/Handout via Xinhua)

China is committed to the path of peaceful development and a national defense policy that is defensive in nature. China abides by the rule that it will not attack unless attacked and will certainly retaliate if attacked, Li said.

China will be resolute in defending its national sovereignty and territorial integrity and resolute in thwarting interference from outside forces and attempts by Taiwanese separatists, he said.

The purpose of China’s development of nuclear weapons is to deter the use of nuclear weapons against China and to resolutely retaliate when the country is attacked with nuclear weapons. From the very first day it possessed nuclear weapons, China has actively advocated the complete destruction of nuclear weapons. China explicitly undertakes not to be the first to use nuclear weapons at any time and under any circumstances, and unconditionally undertakes not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-weapon states. nuclear weapons or nuclear-weapon-free zones, he added. said.

China always maintains its nuclear capabilities at the minimum level required for national security and never competes with other countries in the supply, quantity or scale of nuclear capabilities. China will not participate in any form of arms race, he said.

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