US’ decision on relaxing MTCR control exemplifies its unilateralism: FM

Source: Global Times Published: 2020/7/28 18:35:11

Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry

The US government's decision to relax the MTCR (Missile Technology Control Regime) control list on exporting Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that travel under 800 kilometers per hour, regardless of the concerns from other member states, is a reflection of the country's unilateralism, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The Chinese side has noted relevant reports and the US government's unilateral relaxation of UAS export control standards, despite the concerns of other member states, is another concrete example of the US's unilateralism, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at the regular press conference on Tuesday, responding to the questions from media concerning the US recent move.

The US government announced in a statement on Friday that the US President Donald Trump has decided to invoke the US national discretion to treat a "carefully selected" subset of MTCR Category I UAS, which cannot travel faster than 800 kilometers per hour, as Category II, according to the statement.

The MTCR's standards are outdated, which will hurt US industry and hinder the country's deterrence capability abroad by constraining its partners and allies with subpar technology, the statement said.

This policy change means that UAS with speeds under 800 kilometers per hour will no longer be subject to the "strong presumption of denial" of the MTCR, allowing the US to increase foreign sales of military drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday.

Over the years, as the world's largest arms dealer, the US has been dumping arms around the world, seriously undermining international and regional peace and stability, and even openly interfering in the internal affairs of other countries through the arms trade for its own personal gain, Wang said.

What is more, the US side takes its own standards as international standards and frequently makes irresponsible remarks about other countries' legitimate military trade and makes excessive interference in it, Wang said, noting that he does not see there is anything for other countries to follow.


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