China: Japan should take chemical weapons

Wu Haitao, the ambassador for Disarmament Affairs of China, recently spoke on the subject of chemical weapons at the general debate of the first committee of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Haitao called China as a victim of chemical weapons, referring to Japan's purported abandonment of the dangerous munitions on China. The ambassador said that Japan should take responsibility for the weapons to complete the destruction work.

"The chemical weapons abandoned by Japan on the territory of China have posed a grave threat to the lives and property of the Chinese people and the environment," Haitao said. "Deeply concerned and dissatisfied with the slow pace of destruction of those abandoned chemical weapons, China urges the Japanese side to faithfully fulfill its responsibility as the abandoning state party and complete the destruction work as early as possible."

The ambassador also made suggestions about the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Biological Weapons Convention.

Haitao said that the OPCW should continue to focus on the disarmament of chemical weapons while balancing other key areas such as international cooperation, protection and industry verification. The ambassador said that the states parties of the BWC should improve national implementation measures of the convention. This includes strengthening the monitoring and assessment of bioscience and technological development.

During his statement, the ambassador discussed the importance of nuclear disarmament, diplomacy in space, arms control and multilateral disarmament.

"The international community should foster a new thinking on security featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination, abandon the outdated Cold War mentality and zero-sum game theory, work together to overcome difficulties in pursuit of a win-win situation, resolve disputes through dialogue and negotiation and build a peaceful and stable international and regional security environment," Haitao said.