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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang's Comment On Accusation by American Officials against China of Non-Proliferation

2006-09-18

Q: Recently, some American officials accused China of helping some countries develop the technology of ballistic missiles and possibly bio-chemical weapons in contravention of international conventions. They urged China to strengthen non-proliferation measures. What response does China have?

A: The accusations made by a handful of American officials are groundless and irresponsible.

The Chinese Government firmly opposes the proliferation of mass destructive weapons and their vehicles of transport and prohibits any company or individual of engaging in proliferation activities in any form. China has conducted significant fruitful work for non-proliferation in the aspects of the legislation, enforcement, the education campaign for enterprises as well as international cooperation. The remarkable achievements are obvious for all to see.

China is a victim of bio-chemical weapons. We always firmly uphold the comprehensive prohibition and complete destruction of all mass destructive weapons including bio-chemical weapons and oppose the proliferation of bio-chemical weapons. Since joining the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons and Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, China has always been honoring all commitments of the conventions in a complete and strict manner. We have never engaged in any activity prohibited by the conventions.

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