China Warns Arms Control off Track
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Tue Dec 28 08:20:19 MST 1999
China Warns Arms Control off Track, Issues Barb at US
BEIJING, Dec 28, 1999 -- (Agence France
Presse) China's top arms control official
warned global non-proliferation policy was
being blown dangerously off course, and
issued a veiled criticism of US arms policy,
state media reported Tuesday.
Sha Zukang, director general of the foreign
ministry's department of arms control and
disarmament, said NATO's March-June
bombing campaign of Yugoslavia had
delivered a damaging blow to disarmament
And in a clear reference to the US Senate's
failure to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
Sha accused some countries of using non-proliferation
policy to bolster their own strategic position.
"The purpose of non-proliferation is to enhance the
security of all countries, and it should not become a
some countries to seek or maintain strategic and
advantages," Sha said, quoted by the China Daily.
He suggested the US Senate's failure to ratify the
October, despite an appeal from President Bill Clinton,
was part of a "cynical" manipulation of global disarmament policy.
"After a treaty is concluded countries keep a vigilant
others to make sure they comply with the treaty. But
some delay or even reject the ratification of the same treaties to serve
their own purposes."
Sha also warned that many developing countries could
ditch their support for non-proliferation efforts because of this
China has signed the 1996 CTBT, but along with Russia
and the United States has yet to ratify the agreement.
((c) 1999 Agence France Presse)
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