note to chinese dictator: india will happily abandon nuclear weapons as soon as you withdraw from occupied sinkiang, tibet and hongkong, remove nuclear weapons and missiles from pakistan, and give up your own nuclear weapons.
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Abandon nuclear weapons, China tells India
Beijing, March 2, 2006
China urged India to abandon nuclear weapons and strengthen atomic
safeguards as President George W Bush and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
sealed a controversial nuclear pact on Thursday.
Under the deal signed while Bush visited Delhi, the United States offered
India nuclear fuel and technology in return for India agreeing to put a wall
between its civilian and military nuclear facilities and place its civilian
programme under international inspections.
Some US lawmakers and nuclear experts have criticised the deal, saying it
weakens international safeguards, especially the nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, which India has refused to join.
China added its voice to these misgivings on Thursday.
India should sign the NPT and also dismantle its nuclear weapons, a
spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, Qin Gang, told a news briefing in
"As a signatory country, China hopes non-signatory countries will join it as
soon as possible as non-nuclear weapon states, thereby contributing to
strengthening the international non-proliferation regime," he said.
Qin said current international safeguards on nuclear weapons were the
hard-won product of many countries' efforts and should not be weakened by
"China hopes that concerned countries developing cooperation in peaceful
nuclear uses will pay attention to these efforts. The cooperation should
conform with the rules of international non-proliferation mechanisms," he
The NPT grants China, the United States, Russia, France and Britain status
as nuclear weapons states, but bars other signatory countries from having
China has been pursuing nuclear power cooperation with Pakistan, India's
long-time rival, and has also hosted stalled six-party talks on North
Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
Pyongyang withdrew from the NPT in 2003, after the United States accused it
of enriching uranium for weapons.
China urged Iran on Thursday to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog and
suspend nuclear enrichment activities, adding to rising international
pressure on Tehran.
"China hopes Iran will fully cooperate with the agency and clarify the
unresolved questions about its nuclear programme and will restore the
international community's confidence in Iran," ministry spokesman Qin said.
INDIA SHOULD NOW TELL CHINA: "AFTER YOU, OF COURSE..."