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Statement by H.E.Ambassador Wu Haitao, at the Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons
2013/11/14

Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, please allow me to congratulate you on your assumption of the Chairmanship. I believe that, with your rich experience and outstanding talents, you will surely guide the meeting to a positive outcome. The Chinese delegation will fully cooperate with you and other delegations.

Mr. Chairman,

As the main legal framework dealing with the humanitarian issues in the field of arms control, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) has, over the three decades after its entry into force, played an irreplaceable role in addressing the humanitarian concerns caused by the indiscriminate use of certain conventional weapons. In recent years, the humanitarian aspect of the use of conventional weapons has gained growing international attention, and the objective and principle embodied in the Convention have gained endorsement by more and more countries. The national implementation of all the Parties has been further improved and the international cooperation under the CCW framework has been steadily enhanced.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to the humanitarian concerns caused by the indiscriminate use of certain conventional weapons, and has always been actively engaged in the process of conventional arms control. China supports constant reinforcement and improvement of the legal mechanisms for conventional weapons disarmament, on the basis of striking the balance between military security requirement and humanitarian concerns. All parties should promote military mutual trust with wide participation and consultation on the basis of equality, so as to promote the work of the Convention to greater progress.

As a full Contracting Party to the Convention and its five Protocols, China attaches importance to and supports all the work under the CCW, and strictly implements its obligation under the Convention and its Protocols. China has been actively engaged in relevant international exchange and cooperation, timely submitted its national report, and constructively participated in relevant meetings of experts. China also continues its efforts on promoting the universality of the Convention, and has made annual contribution of 10,000 USD to the Sponsorship Programme to assist developing countries in participating relevant conferences and activities under the framework of the Convention.

China has actively carried out international humanitarian de-mining assistance. Since 1998, China has provided humanitarian assistance to nearly 40 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which values more than 70 million RMB for clearing mines and other explosive remnants. The assistance includes de-mining equipment donation, technical training and etc. In 2013, China has hosted demining training courses for Sudan, South Sudan and Laos in China, and will soon dispatch a team of experts to Cambodia for onsite training. China has also worked on the delivery of victim assistance to Sri Lanka and Jordan.

We note that the humanitarian aspect of the use of unmanned military platforms including "lethal autonomous robots" has caused growing international concern. Generally speaking, China is open to relevant discussions under the CCW framework. Given the complicated legal, humanitarian and military factors involved, in-depth study on relevant definition, scope, application of laws of the issue is needed, so as to gradually build consensus.

China is ready to work closely with the international community to enhance the authority and vitality of the Convention, to promote the work under the Convention, and continuously to make positive contribution to addressing the humanitarian concerns caused by the indiscriminate use of certain conventional weapons.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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