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Beijing International Arms Control Forum 2013 Successfully Convened
Time:2014-11-18 11:04         Author:Liu Xiaoming         Source:CACDA

 

From August 8th to 9th, 2013, the International Conference on Arms Control and Strategic Stability was jointly held by China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA) and China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), with support of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Preparatory Commission for CTBTO. Over than 120 experts and scholars from 15 countries, including China, U.S., Russia, Australia, Japan, Korean, Pakistan, Italy and international organizations such as European Union, the CTBTO, UNIDIR, NTI etc., participated in the conference.

H.E. Mr. Li Wuwei, Vice-Chairman of the 11th CPPCC National Committee, Vice President of Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, delivered a keynote speech on “Adhering to peaceful development, achieving win-win coorporation”. Professor Gareth Evans, Chancellor of Australian National University and former Foreign Minister of Australia, Mr. Sha Zukang, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations, and Mr. Qian lihua, Member of the CPPCC National Committee, Vice President of CACDA, also gave speeches during the opening ceremony, stressing the significance of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The opening ceremony was chaired by Maj. Gen. (Ret) Gong xianfu, Vice President of CACDA and the CIISS.

During the two-day conference, participants had comprehensive but deep discussions on international arms control issues including some hot topics, such as nuclear deterrence, nuclear free world, missile defense and outer space arms control, nuclear security, future of CTBT and FMCT, nuclear nonproliferation, and cyberspace security.

In the evening of the first day meeting, a grand Reception was held to celebrate the convention of the conference and welcoming the visit of Dr. Lassina Zerbo , Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for CTBTO. Participants of the Reception included conference attendants, foreign diplomats in Beijing, Chinese government officials, scholars from local universities and research institutions and NGO representatives. H.E. Mr. Li Zhaoxing, President of China Association for Public Diplomacy and former Chinese Foreign Minister, attended the Reception and delivered a keynote speech. Dr. Lassina Zerbo also gave a comprehensive remark on CTBT and CTBTO’s work. Mr. Pang Sen, Director General of Department of Arms Control of Chinese Foreign Ministry also presented in the Reception. The Reception also invited famous Chinese singer Mr. Dai yuqiang and Ms. Lei Jia to give their excellent performance. A Chinese painting and calligraphy exhibition was held on site for appreciating Chinese culture and praising for Peace.

Mr. Li hong, Vice President and Secretary General of CACDA addressed the closing ceremony. He summarized that the conference had topics of wide coverage, participants of high level, and discussions of in-depth, and announced the future plan to hold the Conference, in cooperation with relevant institutions, as Beijing International Arms Control Forum every two years in the future.

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