Group Statement: China-US Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Group Statement: China-US Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

90 figures from 20 countries across the Asia Pacific have endorsed a statement released by the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN). The statement follows the recent summit between Presidents Xi and Biden and the November 7th meeting of US and Chinese envoys on arms control in Washington DC.

The statement calls on the two countries to continue engaging in high-level bilateral dialogue on arms control and non-proliferation and build on recent engagement as responsible global powers.

The statement is issued in the names of the signatories and not on behalf of the APLN or its network membership as a whole. The full statement is available in English and Chinese.


Group Statement: China-US Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

In recent years, the greatest risk to peace and security in the Asia Pacific has been the deteriorating relationship between China and the United States. Tensions have driven wedges into the relationship, and consequently, nearly every bilateral issue has become securitized.

Mistrust between China and the United States is exacerbating security dilemmas, widening the perception gap, and driving an arms race that threatens to devolve into open conflict with dire consequences for countries in this region and beyond.

Therefore we, the undersigned members of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, support the recent meeting on arms control between US Assistant Secretary Mallory Stewart and Chinese Director-General of Arms Control Sun Xiaobo, and welcome the resumption of high-level bilateral dialogue between China and the United States on arms control and non-proliferation and their joint recognition of the need to maintain communication and exchanges to build trust, manage differences, and explore cooperation.

Maintaining open and constructive communication on issues of common concern such as weapons of mass destruction and conventional arms is vital to preserving peace and security and reducing the risk of conflict.

In the urgent and shared interest of maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific, we call on China and the United States to continue to build on these positive steps as responsible global powers.


Chinese version




因此,我们亚太核不扩散和核裁军领导网络 (APLN) 的成员联名支持美国国务院主管军控事务的助理国务卿马洛利·斯图尔特(Mallory Stewart)和中国外交部军控司司长孙晓波最近就军控问题举行的会晤,并欢迎中美两国就军控和防扩散问题恢复高级别双边对话,双方强调应保持沟通交流,以增进互信、积累共识、管控分歧、探讨合作。






    1. John CARLSON, former Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, and Senior Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network
    2. Natasha Stott DESPOJA, former Senator and Leader, Australian Democrats and Professor in the Practice of Politics, ANU
    3. Professor Hon. Gareth EVANS, former Australian Foreign Minister, Founding Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network, and Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University
    4. Trevor FINDLAY, Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne, former chair UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters
    5. Marianne HANSON, Associate Professor of International Relations, Honorary Professor, University of Queensland, and member, Asia-Pacific Leadership Network
    6. Peter HAYES, Director of the Nautilus Institute
    7. John MCCARTHY, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, former Ambassador to Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand, the United States, Indonesia, and Japan, and High Commissioner to India
    8. Melissa PARKE, former Minister for International Development of Australia
    9. Ambassador Gary QUINLAN, former Ambassador to the UN and Australian Representative on the UN Security Council, former Ambassador to Indonesia, former Australian Senior Official to ASEAN, and former Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on International Relations and National Security
    10. Natalie SAMBHI, Executive Director of Verve Research
    11. John TILEMANN, former diplomat and international civil servant with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Senior Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network


    1. Charadine PICH, Deputy Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP)


    1. Professor CUI Liru, Senior Researcher at the Taihe Institute and former President of China Institute of Contemporary International Relations
    2. Lina GONG, Research Fellow with the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Programme at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
    3. Professor SHEN Dingli, former Executive Dean of Institute of International Studies, and former Director of Center for American Studies of Fudan University
    4. Tong ZHAO, Senior Fellow with the Nuclear Policy Program and Carnegie China at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

    1. Dionisio da Costa Babo SOARES, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste


    1. Professor Vijay NAIDU, Adjunct Professor Governance, Development Studies and International Affairs, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
    2. Professor Sandra TARTE, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific


    1. Professor Kanti BAJPAI, Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalization and Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
    2. Commodore Chitrapu Uday BHASKAR (rtd), Director of the Society for Policy Studies, New Delhi
    3. Ambassador Neelam DEO, Co-founder of the Gateway House, Global Council of World Affairs, Mumbai
    4. Lalit MANSINGH, former Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, former High Commissioner of India to the UK, Nigeria, and former Ambassador to the US
    5. Rajaram PANDA, Senior Fellow, IDSA, ICCR Chair Professor at Reitaku University, and Lok Sabha Research Fellow, Parliament of India
    6. Professor Ramamurti RAJARAMAN, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, School of Physical Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University
    7. Ambassador Shyam SARAN, former Foreign Secretary of india and former Chairman National Security Advisory Board; President of the India International Centre, New Delhi
    8. Manpreet SETHI, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi and Senior Research Adviser at APLN
    9. Lt Gen. Amit SHARMA, Former Commander in Chief of India’s Strategic Forces Command
    10. Rakesh SOOD, Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Afghanistan, France and the Conference on Disarmament, and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Nuclear Non-Proliferation.
    11. Air Chief Marshal (rtd) Shashindra Pal TYAGI, Former Chief of the Indian Air Force
    12. Siddharth VARADARAJAN, Founding Editor of The Wire


    1. Lina ALEXANDRA, Head of the Department of International Relations and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
    2. Professor Dewi Fortuna ANWAR, Research Professor at The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Chair of The Board of Directors of The Habibie Center, Co-Founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia and Academician of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences
    3. Marty NATALEGAWA, Former Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Chair of the APLN International Advisory Board


    1. Ambassador ABE Nobuyasu, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, former Director-General for Arms Control and Science Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    2. Professor Nobumasa AKIYAMA, Professor at the School of International and Public Policy and the Graduate School of Law at Hitotsubashi University
    3. Professor Kiichi FUJIWARA, Professor of International Politics and Director of the Institute for Future Initiatives at the University of Tokyo
    4. Tadashi INUZUKA, former Senator in the House of Councillors of the Diet and Co-President, World Federalist Movement Institute for Global Polity
    5. Minister Yoriko KAWAGUCHI, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan and professor at the Meiji Insitute for Global Affairs
    6. Masakastsu OTA, Visiting Professor, Waseda University and Visiting Professor, Nagasaki University
    7. Ambassador Toshio SANO, Commissioner of the Atomic Energy Commission, Cabinet Office, the Gov’t of Japan, and former Japanese Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva
    8. Sayo SARUTA, Director of the New Diplomacy Initiative (ND)
    9. Professor Tatsujiro SUZUKI, Professor, Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA)
    10. Hirofumi TOSAKI, Director for the Center for Disarmament, Science and Technology (CDAST) at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)
    11. Governor Hidehiko YUZAKI, Governor, Hiroshima Prefecture


    1. Tessie Eria LAMBOURNE, I-Kiribati civil servant, diplomat, and politician and former Kiribati Ambassador to the Republic of China


    1. Tan Sri Mohamed Jawhar HASSAN, Senior Adviser at the Asia Europe Institute
    2. Professor KUIK Cheng-Chwee, Head of Asian Studies, National University of Malaysia
    3. Elina NOOR, Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


    1. Ambassador JARGALSAIKHAN Enkhsaikhan, Chairman of Blue Banner
    2. Minister Tuya NYAMOSOR, former Foreign Minister of Mongolia


    1. Pramod JAISWAL, Research Director at the Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement

New Zealand Aotearoa

    1. Kate DEWES, Former Director Disarmament and Security Centre (New Zealand) and member of UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters
    2. Ruth DYSON, former Minister for Social Development, former Assistant Speaker of the House of Representatives, former Chief Government Whip in the House of Representatives, New Zealand
    3. Tanya OGILVIE-WHITE, Senior Research Adviser at the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Pacific Forum
    4. Sir Geoffrey PALMER, Former Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
    5. Angela WOODWARD, Council Member, Disarmament and Security Centre, Aotearoa New Zealand; and APLN International Advisory Board Member


    1. Professor Dr. Rabia AKHTAR, Dean Social Sciences and Director Center for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore, Pakistan
    2. Ambassador Salman BASHIR, former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
    3. Professor Pervez HOODBHOY, Department of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
    4. General Jehangir KARAMAT, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee in Pakistan; former Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, and Visiting Faculty at the National Defense University
    5. Brig (ret.) Feroz Hassan KHAN, former Director Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs in Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division and Research Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs, U.S Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
    6. Abdul Hameed NAYYAR, founding member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials and former physicist at the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad
    7. Senator Mushahid Hussain SAYED, Chairman, Senate Defence Committee, Parliament of Pakistan, & Co-Chairman, International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP)
    8. Adil SULTAN, Dean Faculty of Aerospace and Strategic Studies at the Air University, Islamabad, Pakistan
    9. Sadia TASLEEM, lecturer at Quaid-i-Azam University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan


    1. Mely CABALLERO-ANTHONY, Professor of International Relations, Associate Dean, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), President’s Chair in International Relations and Security, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    2. Ambassador Jesus (Gary) S. DOMINGO, Undersecretary for Civilian Security & Consular Affairs, Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and former Philippines Ambassador to New Zealand
    3. Ambassador Carlos SORRETA, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Philippine Mission to the United Nations, Geneva

Republic of Korea

    1. CHEONG Wook-sik, Director of Peace Network and Director of the Hankyoreh Institute of Peace
    2. Ambassador CHO Hyun, Visiting Professor, Seoul National University, Former Korean Ambassador to the UN
    3. Professor CHOI Jong-Kun, Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Yonsei University
    4. Professor HAN Yong-Sup, Professor of Defense Policy and Arms Control at Korea National Defense University
    5. Professor Jina KIM, Dean of the Language and Diplomacy Division at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
    6. Ambassador KIM Sung-Hwan, President of Future Consensus Institute and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea
    7. Ambassador KIM Won-soo, Chair Professor of Incheon National University, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
    8. LEE Sang-Hyun, President and Senior Research Fellow at the Sejong Institute in Korea, President of the Korea Nuclear Policy Society (KNPS)
    9. Professor Eunjung LIM, Associate Professor, Division of International Studies, Kongju National University
    10. Professor MOON Chung-in, APLN Vice Chair and former Special Adviser of National Security and Foreign Affairs to the ROK President Moon Jae-in
    11. Professor Man-Sung YIM, Bently Chair Professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Vice President of International Office, KAIST


    1. Professor Stephanie KAM Li Yee, Assistant Professor at the China Programme, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Nanyang Technological University
    2. Professor Kishore MAHBUBANI, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; former Singaporean Ambassador to the UN; and former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    3. Professor Sarah TEO, Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Sri Lanka

    1. Malinda MEEGODA, former Research Associate at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI)
    2. Ambassador Hewa Matara Gamage Siripala PALIHAKKARA, Former Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka and Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UN
    3. Dinusha PANDITARATNE, former Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies


    1. Ambassador Sawanit KONGSIRI, Thai Red Cross Council member
    2. Ambassador Kasit PIROMYA, former Thai Ambassador to the Soviet Union-Russia Federation, Indonesia, Germany, Japan and the United States
    3. Ambassador Kitti WASINONDH, former career diplomat who held distinguished roles in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand


    1. Ambassador Ton-Nu-Thi NINH, President of Ho Chi Minh City Peace Committee, former Ambassador of Viet Nam to the EU, and former Vice-Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee Vietnam National Assembly
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