Tue, 09 Aug 2022

There should be no double standards in global non-proliferation, Beijing insists

The US should "withdraw all its nuclear weapons from Europe and refrain from deploying nuclear weapons in any other region," the director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's arms control department has said.

So-called "nuclear sharing arrangements" between countries "increase the risks of nuclear proliferation and nuclear conflicts," Fu Cong said on Tuesday, during the 10th Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the UN headquarters in New York.

States that do not possess nuclear weapons should stop "instigating nuclear sharing or other forms of nuclear deterrence arrangements," the official added.

Fu Cong also called on the international community to "reject double standards in the area of non-proliferation."

The Chinese arms control official referred to the AUKUS pact between the US, UK and Australia, aimed at arming Canberra with nuclear-powered submarines, as an example of such a double standard, which "poses severe nuclear proliferation risks."


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