Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | September 4, 2014

Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation in Asia: importance of China-U.S. agreement on CTBT ratification

Revin Rudd (left) with former IAEA DG Hans Blix (centre) and CTBTO ES Lassina Zerbo at a roundtable discussion on 11 April 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Kevin Rudd (left) with former IAEA DG Hans Blix (centre) and CTBTO ES Lassina Zerbo at a roundtable discussion on 11 April 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) member and former Australian PM Kevin Rudd argues that CTBT ratification is a key step towards reducing the strategic trust deficit between China and the United States that is affecting multilateral disarmament.

“A second working level summit is due this November in Beijing on the back of the APEC Summit being hosted by the Chinese. While the agenda has not been agreed, it will be critical for both sides to make some progress on reducing the strategic trust deficit. One area for potential progress could be the future ratification of the CTBT.”

 

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