The Straits Times and other regional papers are reporting the Xinhua news restating China’s commitment to the principle of no-first-use of nuclear weapons, first made in 1964.
It was made by Ms Fu Ying, a veteran diplomat and now chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature on Saturday (Feb 17). She also expressed concerns about the danger of nuclear development at present at the ongoing Munich Security Conference.
Stressing that China maintains a very small nuclear arsenal, and China follows the policy of self-defence and minimum deterrence, she added, “Under no circumstances will China use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states or nuclear-weapon-free zones”.
Ms Fu shared and expressed the concern about the danger, about the risk of the nuclear development, noting that the challenges and dangers are growing.
Finally she added that China supports the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and believes it is important that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council should continue to take responsibility to maintain global strategic stability, to safeguard non-proliferation regime, and to continue nuclear disarmament.
Western media focussed instead on reciprocal recriminations delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubei and the summoning of police protection for a German Green Party politician.