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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

China to study Bush's address and PSI: FM spokeswoman

PLA Daily 2004-02-18

BEIJING, Feb. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese government will seriously study the recent speech by US President George W. Bush on non-proliferation and his proposals to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said here Tuesday.

Zhang said John Bolton, US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, has just visited China for the third round of Sino-US consultations on strategic security, multilateral disarmament and proliferation prevention at vice-foreign minister level.

Proliferation prevention was the core issue of the consultations. The US side elaborated on Bush's address of Feb. 11and explained the proposed Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).

The US side hoped to gain China's understanding and support on the issue, the spokeswoman said.

China stated its stance against the spread of WMDs and support for international cooperation on non-proliferation, she said.

Zhang said China expressed understanding for the concern of PSI participant countries on the spread of WMD and means of delivery, adding that China approved of the PSI principles and objectives on proliferation prevention.

Meanwhile, China stressed the importance of resolving proliferation issues by political and diplomatic means, she said.

China and the United States agreed to continue dialogue on the PSI, Zhang said.

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