Beijing, 7 August 2013
The Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his trip to China this week. Wang congratulated Zerbo on his assumption of office, and expressed China’s full support for him personally and for the organization. Wang also stressed China’s continued commitment to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in line with China’s policy to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.
Zerbo thanked Wang for China’s continued support and the excellent cooperation with the organization. He said that China’s disarmament credentials were a “strong basis for China to demonstrate leadership and pave the way for the remaining eight countries to ratify the CTBT, enabling the Treaty’s entry into force.” Zerbo expressed his confidence that intensified technical and scientific cooperation with China would further strengthen the CTBT’s verification regime. He hoped that this would influence ratification of the Treaty by China.
Progress on CTBTO stations hosted by China
Zerbo also met with Zhang Yulin, Deputy Minister and Head of the General Armament Directorate in the Ministry of Defence, which oversees the country’s technical and scientific cooperation with the CTBTO. Zhang similarly assured Zerbo of China’s full support and commitment to cooperate with the organization. During the meeting it was agreed to proceed with the provision of data from the CTBTO’s monitoring stations in China to the organization’s International Data Centre in Vienna. This is part of the testing and evaluation process that marks the first formal step towards certification (formal acceptance) of the monitoring stations in China.
Installation of infrasound station at Kunming
In a ceremony marking the installation of an infrasound station at Kunming in southwest China, one of the last monitoring stations in the country to be installed, Zerbo noted: “Kunming is the first CTBTO station that I have visited as the organization’s Executive Secretary. To me, it is a symbol of the renewed momentum in our cooperation to ensure the completion of the CTBT’s verification regime”.
Chinese support for on-site inspection capabilities
In support of the CTBTO’s capabilities to conduct on-site inspections, China will host a technical workshop in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, in November 2013. The workshop is being organized in preparation for the next major on-site inspection exercise, the Integrated Field Exercise 2014, in Jordan. China has also developed and contributed mobile equipment for detecting radioactive noble gas during CTBT on-site inspections.
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