US concerned about China’s activities at Lop Nur nuclear weapons test site


Activities at China’s Lop Nur nuclear weapons test site throughout 2019 are a cause for concern, according to a 15 April report by the US State Department.

The publication of an executive summary of the US report on ‘Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments’, prompted an angry response from Beijing.

During a press briefing held in Beijing the following day, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated that “China holds that treaties and mechanisms in arms control and non-proliferation are important pillars underpinning international peace, security and stability and should be observed and implemented”, adding that he would refrain from “dignifying the groundless US allegation with a refutation”.


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