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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang's Comments on a Treaty on the Central Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Area to be Signed by the Five Central Asian Countries

2006-09-07

Q: The five Central Asian countries will sign a treaty on the Central Asia nuclear weapon free area in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan on September 8. What's China's comment?

A: To establish a nuclear weapon free area is conducive to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, the progress of nuclear disarmament and stronger peace, security and stability in the region. China and the five Central Asian countries share traditional friendly relations and cooperation and have always understood and supported each other in international and regional affairs. China spoke highly of and supported the efforts of the five Central Asian countries to make Central Asian nuclear weapon free on the basis of voluntary consultation. We welcome the agreement reached by the five Central Asian countries on the treaty of Central Asian nuclear weapon free area.

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