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Statement by the Chinese Delegation at the General Debate of the 2012 Substantive Session of the United Nations Disarmament Commission


Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, the Chinese Delegation would like to express its congratulations again on your assumption of the chairmanship of this session of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC). We are also pleased to see that, under your able leadership and continuous efforts, a consensus on the agenda of the new deliberation cycle of the UNDC has been reached. The Chinese delegation will cooperate closely with you and other delegations.

I would like to take this opportunity to express appreciation to your predecessor, Ambassador Hamid Al-Bayati of Iraq, for his outstanding work. I would also like to join other delegations in congratulating and welcoming Ms. Angela Kane for her appointment as the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Mr. Chairman,

In today's world, a variety of uncertain and unstable factors are on the rise, and international politics, economy and security are undergoing complex and profound changes. The increasing common interests and deepening interdependence in the field of security have bonded all countries to a common destiny. Every country has the responsibility to make joint efforts to maintain security through cooperation, promote development through stability, and advance international security and the multilateral arms control process. Bearing this in mind, China calls upon all countries to embrace a new security concept featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination, fully respect and accommodate the legitimate security concerns of other countries and carry out related dialogue and cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual trust.

This year marks the beginning of the new three-year deliberation cycle of the UNDC. The Chinese Delegation sincerely hopes that all parties will collectively push this cycle forward to achieve fruitful results in a constructive manner.

Mr. Chairman,

Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation has been on the UNDC agenda for some years. In the context of the current situation, the Chinese Delegation would like to reiterate the following points:

-- Countries with the largest nuclear arsenals bear special and primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament, and should continue to make drastic and substantive reductions in their nuclear arsenals. When conditions are ripe, other nuclear-weapon states should also join the multilateral negotiations on nuclear disarmament. The international community should develop, at an appropriate time, a viable, long-term plan c