"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
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National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Sino-U.S. Presidential Joint Statement on the Protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention

[Place] Beijing
[Date] June 27, 1998
[Source] Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
[Full text]

Recognizing the threat posed by biological and toxin weapons, China and the United States reaffirm their strong support for the complete global elimination of biological weapons. As States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, the two sides stress the importance of the Convention to international peace and security, fully support the purposes and objectives of the Convention, and favor comprehensively strengthening the effectiveness and universality of the Convention.

China and the United States each reaffirms that they are determined to strictly abide by the provisions of the Convention, to earnestly and comprehensively fulfill the obligations each has undertaken, shall not develop, produce or stockpile biological weapons under any circumstances and shall oppose the proliferation of biological weapons and their technology and equipment.

Both China and the United States support efforts to strengthen the effectiveness of the Convention, including the establishment of a practical and effective compliance mechanism. In this connection, the two sides positively appraise the work of the Ad Hoc Group set up for this purpose in negotiating a Protocol to the Convention. The two sides believe the Protocol must include efficient, practical, and cost-effective measures to deter proliferation or violation of the Convention and improve transparency. Appropriate measures should be formulated and implemented in a manner that takes into account protection of sensitive commercial information and legitimate security needs, and in light of relevant national laws and regulations. The two sides expressed their desire to cooperate in the negotiations and work together to further accelerate an early conclusion of the negotiations on the Protocol.

China and the United States agree that they shall strive to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of bio-technology and vigorously engage in and promote the peaceful use of bio-technology.