Beijing has said it wants positive progress this year on a proposal it
has prepared, together with Russia, for a new treaty banning all types
of weapons in space.
draft treaty, unveiled on Tuesday at a Conference on Disarmament
meeting in Geneva would prohibit the deployment of weapons of any kind
in space, or the use or threat of force against space objects.
"China hopes the Conference on Disarmament will enter into
substantial discussion on the draft as soon as possible in order to
reach a common consensus," Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in
"Towards this aim, China is willing to work with all member nations
of the Conference. We hope that with the common efforts of the member
nations, the Conference will be able to make positive progress this
Yang’s statement, delivered in written form in Geneva, was quoted in
a news release on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website, on Tuesday.
Washington’s plans for satellite and missile defense system remain
shrouded in secrecy but have sparked fears of an arms race with both
Russia and China.
The White House quickly rejected the draft plans by Russia and
China, warning that ensuring compliance in any new peace treaty would
"The United States opposes the development of new legal regimes or
other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit access to or use of
space," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.
Via China Daily