China, Russia to strengthen global strategic stability
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 The statement said this conception is outdated and the international community should regard “strategic stability” from a wider angle.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.