On July 20, 2022, the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA) and China Institute of Nuclear Industry Strategy (CINIS) jointly held a press conference about a research report on the Nuclear-powered Submarines Collaboration of AUKUS, a new trilateral partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
At the press conference, held in Beijing, Chinese experts stated that the trilateral security partnership of “AUKUS” violates the international obligations undertaken by the three countries, the objectives and purposes of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and endangers peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. They urged the US, the UK and Australia to seriously respond to the concerns of the international community, and completely discard such collaboration.
Chairman of CINIS, Mr Pan Qilong stated that the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine collaboration sets a dangerous example of illegal transfer of weapon-grade nuclear materials from nuclear-weapon states to non-nuclear-weapon states.
He also called on the international community to take actions to urge the AUKUS countries to jointly safeguard the integrity, authority and effectiveness of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.
Source: Lao News Agency