Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2021-10-15 07:17

Macau Monthly: Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview on October 13, local time that "The establishment of any blocs, including the US-Great Britain-Australia, undermines regional stability because, I think, it is good to be friends but to be friends against anyone is bad”. It undermines stability in the region. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: As we have pointed out on many occasions, the AUKUS nuclear submarine cooperation creates serious nuclear proliferation risks, and clearly violates the spirit of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). It will not only have a far-reaching impact on the international non-proliferation system, but also bring real threats to regional peace and stability. First, it could create nuclear proliferation risks and impact the international non-proliferation system. Second, it could trigger a new round of arms race, as other countries could follow suit and even cross the nuclear threshold. Third, it could undermine regional prosperity and stability and create regional tensions. Fourth, it could undercut ASEAN countries' efforts to build a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (NWFZ) in Southeast Asia. Fifth, it could lead to the resurgence of the Cold War mentality, provoke bloc confrontation and zero-sum geopolitical games in the region.

Anyone with discerning eyes can easily see that the AUKUS trilateral security partnership is similar to the Quad mechanism in that they both are subordinate to and serve the US-led “Indo-Pacific strategy”. the US repeatedly claims to be a champion of “freedom and openness” , but in fact it is acting to create small cliques and military blocs in the region. Such moves run counter to the trend of the times and garner no support, and will only cause alarm and rejection among regional countries and the international community.

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