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Statement by Ambassador HU Xiaodi at UNGA 59th Session on Agenda Item"Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency"
(1 November 2004, New York)


Mr. President,

First of all, I would like to thank Director General, Mr. ElBaradei for his detailed report on the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency over the past year.

We are glad to see that, with the joint efforts of the Secretariat and all member states, the Agency has carried out plenty of work through last year and scored remarkable achievements. We congratulate on the achievements made by the Secretariat and hope that, with the support of all member states, the Agency will continue to play an active role in the fields of promoting peaceful uses of nuclear energy and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Mr. President,

This year marks the 20th anniversary of China's accession to the IAEA. In the past 20 years, the Chinese Government actively supported the Agency in its activities of promoting peaceful uses of nuclear energy and nuclear non-proliferation as mandated by the Statute.

In the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, China has enjoyed extensive cooperation with the Agency and the other member states, achieving fruitful results. As of 2003, China dispatched more than 2000 person-times to other member states for training and scientific visits, and meanwhile, received more than 1200 person-times of expert services through the Agency's Technical Cooperation (TC) programs. Over the years, China has made voluntary contribution of 13 million US dollar in addition to other contribution in kind to the Agency. At the same time, China has also provided other member states with technological personnel training for more than 2000 person-times, and organized more than 200 meetings of the Agency. Through participation in the Agency's TC programs, China, as a developing country, has not only made progress in development of nuclear power at home, but also made due contributions to peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the region.

In the field of nuclear non-proliferation, China strongly supports the Agency's efforts on enhancing effectiveness and efficiency of its safeguards regime. In 2002, China ratified the Additional Protocol to the Safeguards Agreement, being the first among the five nuclear-weapon states to do so. In 2003, the Chinese Government published a White Paper entitled China's Non-proliferation Policies and Measures, which gives a systematic introduction of China's non-proliferation policy and practice, reflecting China's determination and sincerity for non-proliferation. In March 2004, China made political commitment to the Code of Conduct for Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources. Since then, China has implemented this commitment through promulgation of relevant laws and regulations, thus establishing a national regulatory system. Moreover, China has lend support to and played a constructive role in the amendment process of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials. It is our hope that states part