FM stresses nation's proliferation stance
( 2003-12-05 00:28) (China Daily)
The Chinese Foreign Ministry Thursday reiterated its stance on proliferation questions, saying they should be resolved under the framework of international law and through political and diplomatic channels.
At a regular briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said that China understands the concerns of Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) members about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.
But the international community also has some concerns about the legitimacy, effectiveness and impact of the methods that the PSI would use to intercept the carriers suspected of being involved in the illegal trade of weapons, Liu added.
"Any non-proliferation method should be helpful to enhancing the peace, security and stability of related regions as well as the whole world,'' said Liu.
The spokesman said China will take the proliferation risk into full consideration when exporting sensitive items and technologies to other countries.
He noted that the third part of the white paper on China's non-proliferation policy and measures issued yesterday has the detailed information about China's non-proliferation export control system.In the document published by the State Council, China's cabinet, the country reaffirmed its opposition to the spread of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.
The US State Department said yesterday it welcomes efforts by China to stem the proliferation of weapons through stricter export control regulations.
The department's deputy spokesman, Adam Ereli, said, "We think China has enacted good legislation on this subject. And the focus is on implementation and enforcement.''
Talking about the six-party talks on the nuclear stand-off on the Korean Peninsula, Liu said China is stepping up its mediation with other countries to prepare for the second round of negotiations
He said all countries concerned are working to meet as soon as possible for the new round of talks, but the exact date has not yet been decided.
"The preparation mainly involves affirming the consensus that all parties have reached and creating positive conditions to ensure that the new round of talks will achieve some substantive results,'' Liu said.
He said many reports on the second round of talks have appeared recently, which shows that the world community has much interests in the process of the multi-party negotiation.
Liu said China is stepping up its mediation efforts and believes this will garner support and co-operation from all countries concerned, as well as the international community.
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