|Remarks by H.E. Amb. LI Song on the 2022 Nuclear Posture Review of the United States at the 77th Session of the UNGA First Committee|
The 2022 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) released by the United States yesterday helps us to see how the US, with its nuclear weapons in hand, observes the world and deals with other countries. This document hypes up major-power competition and bloc confrontation, which reflects the logic of hegemonism seeking absolute military superiority. This is clearly against the world’s desire to prevent a nuclear war and avoid nuclear arms race. The US has placed even more importance on the role of nuclear weapons in its national security policy and lowered the threshold for using nuclear weapons, which has become a source of risks for nuclear conflict. The latest US nuclear strategy, together with its related policies and plans, will definitely have a complex, far-reaching and seriously negative impact on global strategic security and stability, the strategic security relationship among major powers, as well as on the international and multilateral nuclear arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation processes.
In this NPR, the US has made irresponsible remarks and accusations as well as groundless speculations on China’s normal modernization of its nuclear forces. The US has brazenly “tailored” a nuclear deterrence strategy against China. China is seriously concerned about and firmly opposed to such a move. We urge the US not to assess China in the hegemonistic way that the US behave itself, and imagine other countries as rivals or adversaries. China is not the US, and it will not become another US, nor pursue the US nuclear strategy. But we have the capability and confidence to safeguard our national security interests. The US’s nuclear blackmail will not work on China.
We urge the US to abandon the Cold War mentality and the logic of hegemonism, pursue a rational and responsible nuclear policy, fulfill its special and primary responsibility in nuclear disarmament, and play its due role in maintaining global strategic stability and world peace and security.
China advocates the ultimate complete prohibition and thorough destruction of nuclear weapons. China’s nuclear strategy and policy are highly stable, consistent and predictable, and are the most responsible and transparent among the nuclear-weapon states. Since the first day it possessed nuclear weapons, China has solemnly committed to a nuclear policy of no first use of nuclear weapons at any time and under any circumstances, and not using or threatening to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states or nuclear-weapon-free zones unconditionally. This has been the unique contribution of China to the international nuclear disarmament process. China keeps its nuclear capabilities at the minimum level required for national security and does not engage in any nuclear arms race with any country.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.