Nations call for more efforts on regional peace

China, Pacific island countries restate commitment to nuclear nonproliferation
China and nine Pacific island countries have reiterated their commitment to jointly upholding the international nuclear nonproliferation regime to ensure the South Pacific is nuclear weapons free.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the foreign ministers of Kiribati, Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands and Samoa made the statement on Thursday during the first foreign ministers' meeting of China and the Pacific island countries, which was held via video link. Henry Puna, secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, also participated in the meeting.
Their pledge came as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia recently established a trilateral security partnership dubbed AUKUS, under which the US and the UK will help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines.
Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said on Wednesday in Washington that AUKUS could set a precedent for other states that could follow Australia's example and seek to build nuclear-powered submarines.
While chairing the meeting, Wang said that the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal will pose risks in terms of nuclear proliferation, have an impact on the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, trigger an arms race, and harm peace and stability in the region.
China is ready to work with the Pacific island countries to uphold the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which is the cornerstone of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime, as well as the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, Wang added.
Beijing has expressed grave concerns and strong opposition to the AUKUS deal. Speaking at a regular news conference on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that China urges the US, UK and Australia to withdraw their wrong decisions and faithfully honor their responsibilities on international nuclear nonproliferation.
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