`China dumped Pakistan in Conference on Disarmament`

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 10:09

Washington: A top British diplomat in
September 2009 told a visiting American diplomat that China
has "dumped" Pakistan in the Conference on Disarmament,
according to a US cable leaked by whistleblower site WikiLeaks

This is a good sign, Mariot Leslie, a senior British
Foreign Official is quoted as saying in the cable in September
2009, which records her meeting with US Under Secretary of
State for Arms Control, Ellen Tauscher.

"China has `dumped` Pakistan in the Conference on
Disarmament (CD), which is a `good sign`. Tauscher urged P5
action to get Pakistan to stop blocking progress in the CD on
the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT)," the cable says.

P5 is commonly referred to the five Permanent Members
of the UN Security Council ? the US, Britain, China, France
and Russia.

"Leslie flagged the `inconvenient truth` that `China
is building its nuclear arsenal`. She evoked an arms race in
the Pacific in light of India`s nuclear program," the cable

"Nonetheless, Leslie said she was optimistic regarding
China`s commitment to multilateral cooperation and she
suggested that the US and the UK should push China for
progress "until they say `stop it`.

"She noted that the Chinese had `pretty much` said a
year ago that if the US ratifies the CTBT, China would follow
suit," the cable said.
In the meeting, according to the cable, Leslie opined
that P5 states are "losing the public diplomacy arguments
about non-proliferation" and civil nuclear power, with the P3
and the P5 "being portrayed as the bad guy.?

Jon Day, MOD Director General for Security Policy,
expressed a similar sentiment, noting that there is "no real
recognition" of what the UK has done in terms of non-
proliferation and disarmament, "either in our own media or
"Tauscher agreed that we all need to do a much better
job of getting our narrative out, and noted that the State
Department has brought in new people to help to do that," it

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 10:09

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