'This cooperation must meet the requirements and provisions of the international non-proliferation regime and the obligations undertaken by all countries concerned,' Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters in Beijing when asked to comment on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the centrepiece of the state visit of US President George W Bush to India.
'China is clear on the issues in the US-India nuclear cooperation,' he said. 'Currently, the international community is working hard to strengthen the authority and efficacy of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. China hopes relevant countries for cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy can contribute to these efforts.'
Asked to comment on China's stand on nuclear non-proliferation, Qin said the NPT plays a crucial role in preventing proliferation of nuclear weapons, facilitating nuclear disarmament and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
'As a signatory to the NPT, China hopes that non-signatories can, as nuclear weapon free countries, join the treaty as soon as possible so as to make their contribution to non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the region and the world,' he said.