China refutes G7's accusations on its nuclear policy

G7's accusations against China's nuclear policy are complete false narratives, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Monday during a regular press briefing.

She reiterated that China is committed to a self-defensive nuclear strategy in response to G7 leaders' accusation against China for "accelerating build-up of its nuclear arsenal without transparency nor meaningful dialogue."

China sticks to the policy of no-first-use of nuclear weapons and keeps those capabilities at the minimum level required by national security, Mao said, echoing Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong's remarks on Sunday as he summoned Japanese Ambassador to China Hideo Tarumi to lodge representations over the G7 Hiroshima Summit.

"China is the only one among the five nuclear weapon states to have made those pledges," Sun underscored.

In response to accusation on China's transparency, the spokesperson vowed that any country that does not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against China will not be threatened by China's nuclear weapons.

The G7 is in no position to dictate to other countries on nuclear arms control, she said, adding that the U.S. possesses the world's largest and most advanced nuclear arsenal, yet it adheres to the policy of first use of nuclear weapons and proliferates weapons-grade highly enriched uranium to non-nuclear-weapon states.

Three of the G7 members are nuclear weapon states, and the remaining four participate in nuclear sharing or sit under a nuclear umbrella, she added.

(Cover: People protest against the G7 Hiroshima Summit in Tokyo, Japan, May 21, 2023. /CFP)

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