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International Security and Arms Control Situation
2008/02/29

 

The current international situation is stable on the whole. Countries are increasingly interdependent in security and strengthening their cooperation. Meanwhile, unstable and unpredictable factors in the field of international security are also growing. The intertwined traditional and non-traditional threats pose challenges to the international community.

There exist both opportunities and challenges in the international process of arms control and non-proliferation. The international community universally supports multilateral arms control and non-proliferation efforts. The international legal system in the field of arms control and non-proliferation is still playing an important role in safeguarding world peace and stability. As differences still exist among various parties on the priority of the agenda, multilateral arms control process is still in a stalemate on the whole. Regional nuclear issues remain to be resolved.

To preserve international and regional peace, security and stability, countries should observe the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, foster a new security concept featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and cooperation, and promote international arms control and non-proliferation on the basis of no derogation of the security of all countries. The non-proliferation issues should be dealt with by political and diplomatic means. Efforts should be made to strengthen and improve the existing international arms control and non-proliferation legal system.

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