China, Rus­sia to strengthen global strate­gic sta­bil­ity

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—China and Rus­sia vowed to strengthen global strate­gic sta­bil­ity in a joint state­ment signed by Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Vladimir Putin. The state­ment was signed af­ter their talks on Sun­day af­ter­noon in Bei­jing.

In the joint state­ment, the two sides voiced con­cern over in­creas­ing “neg­a­tive fac­tors” af­fect­ing the global strate­gic sta­bil­ity.

Some coun­tries and mil­i­tary-po­lit­i­cal al­liances seek de­ci­sive ad­van­tage in mil­i­tary and rel­e­vant tech­nol­ogy, so as to serve their own in­ter­ests through use or threat to use of force in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. Such pol­icy re­sulted in an out-of-con­trol growth of mil­i­tary power and shook the global strate­gic sta­bil­ity sys­tem, the joint state­ment said.

It ex­pressed con­cern over the uni­lat­eral de­ploy­ment of anti-mis­sile sys­tems all over the world, which it said is non­con­struc­tive and has neg­a­tively af­fected global and re­gional strate­gic bal­ance, sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity.

The state­ment said China and Rus­sia are strongly op­posed to the de­ploy­ment of the Aegis Ashore bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fense sys­tem in Europe and the pos­si­ble de­ploy­ment of the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense (THAAD) in north­east Asia, which se­verely in­fringe upon the strate­gic se­cu­rity in­ter­ests of coun­tries in the re­gion.

The long dis­tance pre­ci­sion at­tack weapons de­vel­oped by some coun­tries, such as the global sys­tem for in­stant at­tack, may se­ri­ously dam­age the strate­gic bal­ance and trig­ger a new round of arms race, ac­cord­ing to the joint state­ment.

It said arms con­trol is an im­por­tant means to strengthen global se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, and that dis­ar­ma­ment and arms con­trol should be fair and bal­anced, and be con- ducive for ev­ery coun­try’s se­cu­rity.

The state­ment ex­pressed con­cern over the ris­ing danger of chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons fall­ing into the hands of non-state en­ti­ties for the con­duct of ter­ror­ist and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, say­ing a way to cope with such threat is to im­prove rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional law.

“Strate­gic sta­bil­ity” has been a mil­i­tary con­cept in nu­clear weapon. The state­ment said this con­cep­tion is out­dated and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should re­gard “strate­gic sta­bil­ity” from a wider an­gle.

In po­lit­i­cal field, the joint state­ment called on all coun­tries and groups of coun­tries to abide by the prin­ci­ple on use of force and co­er­cive mea­sures stip­u­lated by the UN Char­ter and in­ter­na­tional law, re­spect the le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests of all coun­tries and peo­ples while han­dling in­ter­na­tional and re­gional hot is­sues, and op­pose in­ter­fer­ence in other coun­tries’ po­lit­i­cal af­fairs.

In mil­iary field, all coun­tries should keep its mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity at the low­est level nec­es­sary to main­tain its na­tional se­cu­rity, re­frain from moves that may be seen by other coun­tries as threat to their na­tional se­cu­rity and force them to take counter mea­sures such as mil­i­tary buildup,es­tab­lish­ing or ex­pand­ing mil­i­tary-po­lit­i­cal al­liance, to re­store dam­aged bal­ance, the state­ment said.

All coun­tries should solve dis­putes through pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive dia­logue and pro­mote mu­tual trust and co­op­er­a­tion, the joint state­ment said.

The two coun­tries voiced will­ing­ness to strengthen dia­logue, co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity on the ba­sis of the above prin­ci­ples, the joint state­ment said. The two pres­i­dents also signed a joint state­ment on pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment of in­for­ma­tion and cy­ber space.

The two sides agreed that fac­ing tough se­cu­rity chal­lenges and the abuse of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

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