China urges world to revoke decision on nuclear submarine cooperation

China urges world to revoke decision on nuclear submarine cooperation

On March 14, 2023, Geng Shuang left, front China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, speaks at UN Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in New York. A Chinese envoy on Thursday called for countries to revoke their decision on nuclear submarine cooperation.

According to Geng Shuang, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, it is of particular importance to ensure the full and effective implementation of non-proliferation rules.

Certain countries are intent on advancing nuclear submarine cooperation under the framework of the so-called trilateral security partnership, despite the fact that there are questions and opposition. Two nuclear weapon states and depository states of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT would undoubtedly transfer tons of highly enriched uranium to a non-nuclear weapon state, he told the Security Council.

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Geng was talking about a plan on nuclear submarine cooperation between Australia and the United Kingdom, known as AUKUS.

He said this move stokes a bloc confrontation, jeopardizes regional and global security and stability, violates the goals and objectives of the NPT, and is a grave challenge to the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. We urge relevant countries to abandon their archaic and narrow geopolitical considerations, honor their own non-proliferation obligations, revoke the decision to carry out nuclear submarine cooperation, and safeguard regional and international peace and security with concrete deeds. Recent years have seen a deepening international consensus on non-proliferation, and more effective and stronger efforts to counter proliferation by non-state actors. The situation of non-proliferation remains grave. Unilateralism and double standards are on the rise. Developing countries still face restrictions on the peaceful use of technology. He noted that the inequitable and unreasonable elements of the international non-proliferation regime are getting more pronounced.

Geng stressed the need to create a favorable international security environment, consolidate and strengthen the current non-proliferation regime, vigorously promote capacity-building in member states, and ensure the rights to peaceful use of technology.

Non-proliferation is an important mission of the international community. The implementation of Security Council Resolution 1540 on non-proliferation will be a gradual process. China hopes that all parties can earnestly fulfill their international obligations, actively participate in international non-proliferation cooperation, strengthen global non-proliferation governance and push for universal and common security for the world. He said that China will continue to work to achieve this goal.