Embassy of the People's Republic
in the United States of America
December 14, 2001
China Hopes U.S.Will Consider Opinions
of Others on ABM
China hopes the United States will seriously
consider the opinions of the majority of nations on the Anti-Ballastic
Missile (ABM) treaty, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue
said on December 14 in Beijing.
In response to a journalist's request for China's comments on the U.S.
official withdrawal from ABM, Zhang said that China's stance on the anti-missile
issue has always been "consistent and clear."
"We think that under the current situation, it is of vital importance
to safeguard the international arms control and disarmament system and
the global strategic stability," she said, adding that this is also the
common responsibility of all nations.
China is willing to make its due efforts along with all other countries
for maintaining world peace, security and stability.
U.S. President George W. Bush officially declared on November 13 that
U.S. withdrew from the ABM treaty.