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Statement by Ambassador Hu Xiaodi at the Plenary of the 2nd Part of the 2005 Session Session of the Conference on Disarmament
2005/07/14

Mr. President,

The Chinese Delegation congratulates you on your assumption of the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament (CD). It is my belief that, with your rich diplomatic experience and outstanding capability, you could inject vitality into the work of the CD. The Chinese Delegation will cooperate fully with you.

Mr. President,

On July 1st this year at Moscow, the Presidents of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation issued "The Joint Statement Regarding the International Order of the 21st Century", in which the two sides called for, inter alia, the peaceful use of outer space and for the prevention of the deployment of weapons and an arm race in outer space, and relevant international legal documents should be drawn up for this purpose.

Mr. President,

On 21-22 March 2005, the Government of the People's Republic of China together with the Government of the Russian Federation, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Simons Foundation of Canada, jointly hosted an international conference on "Safeguarding Space Security: Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space" at the Council Chamber of Palais des Nations.

Since China joined the CD in 1980, this is the first time that China has ever hosted an international conference on the issue of outer space with relevant sides in the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).

H.E. Mr. Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UNOG, and representatives from member states and observer states of the CD as well as experts from the U.S., the Russia Federation, the U.K., France, Canada, etc., totaled well over 100 participated in the conference.

Thanks to the hard work done by UNIDIR, the conference report has been finished, which captures and distills the discussion on such issues as "the New Space Age: Weapons Developments and Challenges to Space Security", "The Relevance and Urgency of Preventing the Weaponization of and an Arms Race in Outer Space", "Elements of Political, Legal or Legislative Instruments to Regulating Weapons in Space", and "Concrete Steps to Advance the Issue of Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space". The report also contains the key points of the opening and closing remarks made by relevant representatives.

I believe this report will help deepen our understanding on the issue of prevention of an arms race in outer space, enhance our awareness of preserving outer space security and preventing an arms race in outer space through political and legal means. It will also be conducive to facilitating our consideration on how to further advance our work to prevent an arms race in outer space.

Today, on behalf of the co-organizers of the conference, I have the honor to circulate this report to the members and observers of the CD. The Delegations of China and the Russian Federation have also requested the secretariat to issue and circulate it as an official document of the CD.

Mr. President,

It is our hope that, under your leadership, the CD could reach a comprehensive and balanced programme of work based on the "A5 Proposal", so as to enable the CD to reestablish the ad hoc committee with preventing an arms race of and the weaponization in outer space as its objective, and to start substantive work on all other important items in accordance with relevant mandates as contained in the "A5 Proposal".

Thank you, Mr. President.

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