Embassy of the People's Republic of China
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.