Fu Cong: international arms control and non-proliferation mechanism at a dangerous crossroad

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China Military Online
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Li Jiayao
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2019-11-11 18:50:00
• Fu Cong, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, gives a keynote speech on “The Future of Arms Control and Non-proliferation Mechanism” at the 2019 Moscow Non-Proliferation Conference on November 8, 2019. (Photo by Li Sui)

MOSCOW, Nov. 11 (ChinaMil) -- Fu Cong, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of Chinese Foreign Ministry, gave a keynote speech on “The Future of Arms Control and Non-proliferation Mechanism” at the 2019 Moscow Non-Proliferation Conference on November 8, local time.

According to him, the global framework of strategic stability is shaken, major-country competition is back, unilateralism is on the rise and emerging technologies pose new challenges, all of which have pushed the international arms control and non-proliferation mechanism to a dangerous crossroad.

Fu Cong pointed out at the meeting that the current international arms control and non-proliferation mechanism is at a dangerous crossroad.

First, the global framework of strategic stability is shaken. The bilateral nuclear disarmament system between the US and Russia is on the brink of collapse and the current international nuclear arms control mechanism is challenged.

Second, major-country competition is back. The US is seeking all-round strategic superiority and has applied ideological elements to the national efforts of arms control and non-proliferation, which has seriously exacerbated the risk of arms race and even nuclear conflicts.

Third, unilateralism is on the rise. Washington’s exit from various international conventions and wanton wielding of the stick of unilateral sanction and long-arm jurisdiction has significantly undermined the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation system.

Fourth, the development of emerging technologies has brought new challenges. The lack of rules on new strategic frontiers is becoming a prominent problem in international security governance.

“The future of international arms control and non-proliferation mechanism lies in our ability to properly handle the challenges posed by the aforementioned dangerous trends,” said Fu Cong.

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