Story : China-Nuclear Weapons Negotiations/FM
File ID : 401236
Video ID : 10452231
Date : March 20, 2017
Published : March 21, 2017
Duration : 1'05
Location(s) : Beijing,China
Type : Chinese/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
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Summary : China not to attend UN negotiations on nuclear weapons: FM spokesperson
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Beijing, China – March 20, 2017
1. Spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying
2. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Hua Chunying, spokesperson, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"After careful considerations, China has decided not to participate in the new round of negotiations. This is a choice made to maintain the current international arms control and disarmament regime and move ahead nuclear disarmament in a gradual and incremental way. It demonstrates China’s responsible attitude towards maintaining global strategic balance and stability."
3. Various of reporters listening, taking notes
4. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Hua Chunying, spokesperson, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"China consistently upholds and actively advocates a final comprehensive ban on and total destruction of nuclear weapons, which is fundamentally in line with the purposes of negotiations on the nuclear weapon ban treaty. China also believes that realizing disarmament, which cannot be achieved overnight, must be pressed ahead in a gradual and incremental way following the principle of safeguarding global strategic stability and compromising the security of no country. Relevant process must be advanced within the existing international disarmament and non-proliferation regime."
5. Cameraman recording

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China will not attend the upcoming negotiations on nuclear weapons in New York, according to the country’s Foreign Ministry.

A spokeswoman form the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has confirmed that the country will not attend the UN conference on banning all nuclear weapons in New York on March 27.

The UN will convene the negotiations on "a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination" at its headquarters in New York from March 27-31. Another round of negotiations is slated for June 15 and will last until July 7.

Hua Chunying, the spokesperson of the ministry, reiterated that China's stance on completely banning and destroying nuclear weapons remains clear and consistent.

"After careful considerations, China has decided not to participate in the new round of negotiations. This is a choice made to maintain the current international arms control and disarmament regime and move ahead nuclear disarmament in a gradual and incremental way. It demonstrates China’s responsible attitude towards maintaining global strategic balance and stability," she said.

China has been engaged in candid and thorough communications with relevant parties on issues concerning the negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Under this new agreement, nuclear weapons will be placed on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction, leading to their total elimination.

"China consistently upholds and actively advocates a final comprehensive ban on and total destruction of nuclear weapons, which is fundamentally in line with the purposes of negotiations on the nuclear weapon ban treaty. China also believes that realizing disarmament, which cannot be achieved overnight, must be pressed ahead in a gradual and incremental way following the principle of safeguarding global strategic stability and compromising the security of no country. Relevant process must be advanced within the existing international disarmament and non-proliferation regime," said Hua.

According to her, though China will not appear at the negotiations table, there is no change to China's position in supporting a full ban on and complete destruction of all nuclear weapons. To this end, China will, as always, make concerted effort with parties involved to build a nuclear-weapon-free world.

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