Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets with the Co-Chairs of the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament
On May 21, 2009, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with the co-chairs of the International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans and former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi.
Foreign Minister Yang elucidated China's policies on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and stressed that China has always stood for and actively advocates the complete prohibition and thorough destruction of nuclear weapons, supports the international nuclear disarmament process, resolutely opposes the proliferation of nuclear weapons in all its forms, and is committed to promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy and international cooperation in this field.
Foreign Minister Yang said that the realization of a nuclear-free world requires the long-term and unremitting efforts of the international community. The International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament should give the priority to the following areas in its work. First, to immediately start negotiations on concluding an international treaty for the complete prohibition and thorough destruction of nuclear weapons. Second, the two countries with the largest nuclear arsenals should continue to substantially reduce their nuclear weapons. Third, to urge the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva to negotiate an international legal instrument to prohibit the deployment of weapons in outer space and urge related countries to give full consideration to security interests of other countries with respect to the anti-ballistic missile issue. Fourth, to promote the establishment of a new security concept featuring "mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and cooperation" for universal security of all countries.
Foreign Minister Yang reiterated that China is willing to continue to work together with all parties for the lofty goal of completely prohibiting and thoroughly destroying nuclear weapons.