June 18, 1998
China, U.S. Should Sign No-first-use Pact
China and the United States should first
sign an agreement on no-first-use of nuclear weapons ahead of detargeting
missiles to each other, said Zhu Bangzao, spokesman of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, at the press conference on June 18.
Zhu made the remark in response to a question on whether China will sign
an agreement with the United States on missile detargeting during President
Bill Clinton's coming China visit. Zhu said that the purpose for China
to develop nuclear weapons is for self-defence, adding that China from
the first day of owning nuclear weapons has undertaken not to use such
"We believe that it is more important for China and the United States
to first sign the no-first-use pact," he noted.