Q: On August 21, the United States Government released its annual Compliance Report on Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. The report accuses Russia of violating the China Guidance Treaty and the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Iran and North Korea of developing nuclear missile programs, and China of violating the moratorium on nuclear testing. What is Chinas comment on this?
A: I have taken note of the report. The relevant treaties and mechanisms in the field of arms control and non-proliferation are important pillars for maintaining international peace, security and stability, and should be strictly observed and implemented. China has always been in a responsible attitude and conscientiously fulfilled its commitments and international obligations. In this regard, the international community has its own opinion.
The United States always likes to add drama to itself, so it can set up a stage and give a performance. Unfortunately, audiences dont seem to buy it, and sometimes they cheer. Why? Because everybody can see it clearly. As I said a few days ago, a country with frequent face-changing, contract breaking and withdrawal is not qualified to talk about compliance at all.
In the field of arms control and non-proliferation, the withdrawal of the United States from the Comprehensive Agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Issue and the Guidance Treaty has been widely opposed and unanimously criticized by the international community. What the United States should do first is to reflect on and review its own performance of obligations and commitments, rather than talk about other countries and play the role of referee.