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Statement by Mr. MA Xinmin, Chinese Delegate, at the Fourth Committee of the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly, on Item 29: International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space



New York, 18 October 2005

Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, Please allow me, on behalf of the Chinese Delegation, to express my thanks and appreciation to the Bureau of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and the Office for Outer Space Affairs of the UN Secretariat for the positive outcome of COPUOS's 48th Session. China attaches great importance to the Item of "International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space," and hopes that consideration of this item will facilitate interaction among countries in activities related to peaceful uses of outer space and expand areas of international cooperation.

Mr. Chairman, at its 48th Session, COPUOS continued its consideration of ways and means of maintaining outer space for peaceful purposes. While humans are achieving notable progress in peaceful uses of outer space, they are faced with daunting challenges in outer space and its peaceful uses, namely the ever-expanding military uses of outer space, the increasing danger of its weaponization and the on-going research and test of space weapons. These practices go against the principle of peaceful uses of outer space set out in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, and also run counter to the Space Millennium Declaration adopted at UNISPACE III. It is China's hope that COPUOS will strengthen its efforts in opposing space militarization and weaponization, preventing an arms race in outer space, and for that matter, exploring ways and means to establish a comprehensive and effective legal mechanism. In this regard, COPUOS can count on China's full support.

This session of COPUOS also discussed the preliminary draft Protocol on Matters Specific to Space Assets to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The Chinese Government closely followed the progress of negotiation on the protocol, and sent delegations to the relevant meetings organized by Unidroit. China believes that in order to ensure a positive role for the financing scheme as provided for in the draft protocol in facilitating the development of space activities within the existing legal framework, it is highly necessary to conduct an in-depth study of the relationship between the future protocol and the current legal regime on outer space, especially the interactive relationship between the two in actual operations. With regard to the appropriateness of the United Nations serving as supervisory authority under t