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China Says Joint Nuclear Statement Will Increase Mutual Trust

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China’s foreign minister described the agreement as “positive and weighty”. (File)

Beijing:

China said a pledge to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons signed with four other nuclear states on Monday would “build mutual trust” and reduce the risk of a nuclear conflict.

The official Xinhua news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu as saying that the joint agreement would “help build mutual trust and replace competition between great powers through coordination and cooperation.”

Ma described the agreement as “positive and weighty” and added that it would help to create a “balance between the great powers”.

The statement “embodies the political will of the five countries to prevent nuclear war and expresses the common voice to maintain global strategic stability and reduce the risk of nuclear conflict,” quoted Xinhua Ma.

“The five countries should take the joint declaration as a new starting point, strengthen mutual trust, strengthen cooperation and play an active role in building a world of lasting peace and universal security,” the report added.

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