House of Lords debates China and Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament

A motion, moved by TLG Convenor Lord Browne of Ladyton, made the case for intensified discussions on multilateral nuclear disarmament with China.

In the debate in the House of Lords on 22 November 2012, Lord Browne enquired about the UK engagement with the P5, particularly with China. He urged the government to engage China ins non-proliferation and disarmament talks, as part of their commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons.

Other TLG member, including Baroness Williams of Crosby, Lord Hannay of Chiswick and Lord Howe of Aberavon, also contributed to the debate. Baroness Williams asked the government to consider discussions about the possibility of bilateral no first use agreements between the P5 to build a network of no first use.

While Lord Howe spoke about how much confidence we can have in a country such as  China, Lord Hannay called for more frequent meetings of the P5 to become more operational and less academic. He also called for a better understanding of how verification measures could be implemented and urged the government to consider how multilateral disarmament talks could be extended to a wider group of countries.

Read the full debate here.
Watch the meeting here.