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Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu Accepts Media Interview on the Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War

2022-01-04 19:06

On January 3, 2022 Beijing time, the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon states, namely China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and France, jointly issued the Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races. Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu accepted a media interview and introduced the great significance of the joint statement, China's efforts and China's proposition on strengthening the global governance in the nuclear field.

Ma Zhaoxu said, at the beginning of the year, the five nuclear-weapon states, namely China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and France, jointly issued the Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races, stressing that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought and reiterating that none of the nuclear weapons are targeted at each other or any other state. This is the first time for the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon states to issue such a joint statement on the issue of nuclear weapons, which has demonstrated the political will of the five states to prevent a nuclear war, and given the common voice of maintaining global strategic stability and reducing the risk of nuclear conflicts.

Currently, the world is undergoing changes and the COVID-19 pandemic both unseen in a century, and the international strategic security field faces many major challenges. The joint statement issued by the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon states is conducive to enhancing mutual trust. Replacing competition among major countries with coordination and cooperation is also of positive significance to the building of major-country relations featuring overall stability and balanced development.

Ma Zhaoxu stressed that China has always been advocating the idea that "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought", and has been playing an effective leading role in promoting the five states to take joint actions. In the consultation process of the joint statement, China also pushed for the inclusion of such key content as reaffirming that none of our nuclear weapons are targeted at each other or any other state, which played an important role in reaching a positive and substantial statement among the five states.

Ma Zhaoxu said, the five nuclear-weapon states, as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and nuclear-weapon states designated by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, bear a common responsibility to prevent nuclear war and safeguard world peace. The five states should take the joint statement as a new starting point to enhance mutual trust, strengthen coordination, and play a positive role in building a world with lasting peace and universal security.

China has always followed a self-defensive nuclear strategy, pursued a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, and kept its nuclear forces at the minimum level required to safeguard national security. This in itself is an important contribution to global strategic stability. China will continue to contribute its wisdom and solution to promote global nuclear governance, and stands ready to carry out cooperation with all peace-loving countries.

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