Sha Zukang, GEM member and former United Nations under-secretary-general for the department of economic and social affairs, defends the position that both China and the U.S. will benefit from the moral and systemic effect brought by the entry into force of the CTBT.
“Some have asked me why the National People’s Congress of China hesitates to ratify the CTBT. Personally I think it is because of U.S. behaviour. I firmly believe that, were the U.S. to ratify the Treaty, China would definitely follow….China and the U.S. could engage in dialogue on CTBT issues. As long as the U.S. adopts a responsible stance, the CTBT can become an important part in promoting China-U.S. strategic mutual trust and building a new model of major country relations.”