China rejects placing of geopolitical interests above non-proliferation efforts
The Chinese Foreign Ministry reiterated on Wednesday that it rejects the placing of geopolitical interests above nuclear non-proliferation efforts.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the ministry, told a regular press briefing in Beijing that China has honored its pledge to "no first use" of nuclear weapons.
"Our purpose of possessing nuclear weapons is never to seek hegemony but to deter nuclear wars," said Wang.
The spokesperson made the remarks in comments about the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 11th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which was held in Vienna from July 31 to August 11.
The NPT serves as the cornerstone of the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, and China firmly supports its aim and objectives, said Wang.
The Chinese side is committed to international cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy and emphasizes that the peaceful use of nuclear energy should not be pursued at the expense of nature or human health, he said.
China will continue to work with the rest of the world to strengthen the universality, authority and effectiveness of the NPT, look for win-win solutions to the complex and entwined international security and development challenges and inject more stability and certainty into a turbulent era, added the spokesperson.
(Cover: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. /Chinese Foreign Ministry)