China’s Foreign Minister said that China also opposes the deployment of land-based intermediate-range ballistic missiles in the neighborhood of other countries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (file photo)
China is against US plans to deploy missiles and defensive systems in neighboring countries, which could undermine strategic stability. China has called for advancing international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation processes. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addressed the disarmament conference in Geneva on Friday via video link to jointly maintain global strategic stability, adhere to international arms control treaties, non-proliferation through dialogue. proposed to address the issue and reform the global security governance on new fronts.
Wang said China opposes the development and deployment of regional and global missile defense systems by anyone that undermines strategic stability. He said China also opposes the deployment of land-based intermediate-range ballistic missiles in the neighborhood of other countries.
Terrified by the deployment of THAAD in South Korea
Although Wang did not name the US, China has in the past threatened to retaliate if the US deploys medium-range missiles in Asia and has planned to deploy high-tech Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea. Washington’s move in the wake of concerns that the US system will monitor China’s missile activities.
According to the text of the address posted on China’s foreign ministry website, Wang said that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council should reaffirm the important principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought. needed. At the same time, they should strengthen cooperation for strategic risk reduction and move forward strategic dialogue on a wide range of strategic security issues to enhance strategic confidence, he said.
US and China to reduce nuclear weapons
He said China remains unconditionally committed to a policy of not using or threatening nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon countries and nuclear-weapon-free regions. Without disclosing the number of nuclear weapons China has, he called on the US and Russia to reduce their nuclear arsenals.
He said China has always kept its nuclear capability at the lowest level necessary for national security and does not compete with any other country in the size or scale of nuclear power. Hong Kong-based ‘South China Morning Post’ reported that China has not yet disclosed how many weapons it has.
According to estimates by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, it has 320, while Russia has 54,000 and the US has 70,000. China is also opposing US efforts to include it in a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Moscow and Washington.
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