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Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 10:08

NPT has stood the test of time: China

By Xinhua

NPT has stood the test of time: China
In this file photograph dated Nov 5, 2014, China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit's senior official's meeting (SOM) in Beijing. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kim Kyung-Hoon)

UNITED NATIONS - China said here Monday that the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is "of historical significance" and that "the treaty has stood the test of changing international landscape, and made important contribution to the endeavor of upholding international peace, security and stability. "

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, head of the Chinese delegation to the 2015 NPT Review Conference, said this after taking the floor at the general debate of the ongoing conference, which opened here earlier Monday.

"The 2015 Review Conference is of historical significance, as 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the end of the World Anti-Fascist War, as well as the 45th anniversary of the NPT entry into force and the 20th anniversary of the indefinite extension of the treaty," Li said.

First, the treaty, built on the consensus of international disarmament, has effectively forestalled the nuclear arms race, reduced the danger of nuclear war, and served as a strong political and legal foundation for the complete and thorough destruction of nuclear weapons, he said.

Secondly, the treaty has established the basic principles for non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and put in place a constantly developing and improving international nuclear non-proliferation regime, he said.

Thirdly, all states parties to the treaty are entitled to the right of peaceful use of nuclear energy, he said.

Li wanted all signatories to firmly uphold peace and security, firmly promote equality and justice, and firmly pursue win-win cooperation.

The ongoing event at UN Headquarters in New York is the ninth Review Conference of the treaty and the fourth to be held since May 1995, when state parties decided to extend it indefinitely.

The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. It represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon states.

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