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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

China takes active part in non-proliferation: ambassador

PLA Daily 2004-02-13

GENEVA, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Hu Xiaodi said here on Thursday that China has been taking an active part in non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as the issue is growing salient in international security.

Addressing the Plenary of the 2004 Session of the Conference on Disarmament, Hu said the Chinese government has all along stood for the complete prohibition and thorough destruction of all kinds of weapons of mass destruction, and is resolutely opposed to the proliferation of such weapons.

"We have promulgated a series of laws and regulations concerning the nuclear, biological, chemical, missile and military fields, and adopted stringent and effective export control measures," he said.

On Dec. 3, 2003, the Chinese government issued a white paper entitled "China's Non-Proliferation Policy and Measures," which, Hu said, enables the international community to gain a comprehensive, objective and precise understanding of China's non-proliferation policy and practices.

China's non-proliferation export control system features internationally accepted measures, and over years, China has participated extensively in the construction, improvement and development of multilateral non-proliferation regimes, said the Chinese ambassador.

"We have signed all the international treaties relating to non-proliferation and become member to a majority of the relevant international organizations."

As to arms race in outer space, Hu said: "It is in the interest of all countries and peoples to prevent weapons from proliferating into outer space, which must never become 'the fourth space' for arms race and war."

Hu reiterated China's view that the Conference on Disarmament should reach agreement on starting substantive work to negotiate international legal instruments on its important agenda items, including the prevention of an arms race in outer space.

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