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China and the UK Hold Consultations and Exchanges on Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

From December 10 to 12, 2018, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Foreign Ministry Fu Cong visited the United Kingdom (UK) at invitation, during which he had exchanges with the UK government and think tanks on arms control and non-proliferation issues. On December 12, Fu Cong and the UK side co-chaired a new round of China-UK consultations on arms control and non-proliferation issues. Both sides had candid and in-depth exchanges on hotspot issues concerning arms control, including cooperation process among the five nuclear-weapon states, deliberation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, reservation or abolishment of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, accountability of the use of chemical weapons, regional nuclear issues, non-proliferation export control mechanism, and the Arms Trade Treaty. The consultations fulfilled the obligation of increasing mutual trust and promoting cooperation in a friendly, practical and efficient atmosphere.

From December 10 to 11, Fu Cong attended the 23rd Nuclear Non-proliferation Conference, which was hosted by Wilton Park, a well-known think tank in the UK. At the conference, Fu Cong delivered a special speech, comprehensively introducing the Chinese side's efforts as a coordinating country in the cooperation process among the five nuclear-weapon states and its work plans in the next stage. He also had extensive exchanges with representatives from the United States, Russia, the UK, and France, senior officials of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, and international arms control academic circle. All parties spoke highly of the positive progress made by the Chinese side in promoting the cooperation among the five nuclear-weapon states and looked forward to seeing more fruits to be constantly made in relevant process.

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