Source: International Online
NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg called on China to join international efforts to limit nuclear weapons at the NATO Arms Control Conference on Monday, adding that China’s nuclear power lacks transparency. In response, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin responded at a regular press conference today (7th).
Wang Wenbin said that China expresses serious concern and firm opposition to NATO’s recent continuous exaggeration of the “Chinese nuclear threat theory.” China has always adhered to a nuclear strategy of self-defense and has always maintained its nuclear force at the lowest level required for national security. China abides by its policy of not being the first to use nuclear weapons at any time and under any circumstances, and has made a clear commitment to unconditionally not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states and nuclear-weapon-free zones. China has never participated in any form of nuclear arms race, nor has it deployed nuclear weapons abroad. As long as any country has no intention of threatening and harming China’s sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity, it will not be threatened by China’s national defense forces, nor should it feel such a threat.
Wang Wenbin said that what the international community should really be concerned about is NATO’s nuclear sharing policy. As a political and military organization formed during the Cold War, NATO still has the world‘s largest nuclear arsenal through nuclear sharing arrangements, and some member states are still stepping up efforts to modernize their nuclear forces. Many countries believe that NATO’s nuclear sharing policy violates the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear power is highly opaque, which intensifies the risk of nuclear proliferation and nuclear conflict. NATO has avoided talking about this, instead it has continued to confuse people and clamor for “China‘s nuclear threat theory.” This is a typical double standard. If NATO really cares about nuclear arms control, it should abandon the Cold War mentality, abandon the nuclear sharing policy, withdraw the large number of nuclear weapons deployed in Europe, and urge the United States to take the special priority responsibility for nuclear disarmament, and to further substantially and substantially reduce its nuclear arsenal. Create conditions for complete and complete nuclear disarmament. (Zhu Ruomeng, CCTV reporter)Return to Sohu to see more
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