Chairman Xi abandons banning the Bomb

On 27 October China faced another test of its willingness to lead on nuclear disarmament when The First Committee of the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution calling for negotiations toward a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. China abstained.

Just days after the vote, at an international arms control conference in Suzhou, Du Xiangwan (a former vice-director of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a founding father of the Chinese arms control community) opened his speech with a personal expression of disappointment in China’s decision at the UN vote. He argued that China should have joined the 123 nations that voted in favor of the UN resolution. He disagreed with the idea that Beijing should defer to Russia and the USA on the question of nuclear disarmament.


DATE : 29 November 2016

SOURCE : Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists