Delegate Name: Anna Crum
Ballistic missiles have been changing the world since the 13th century and continue to do so. While these technologies have been used for some of mankind’s greatest feats, the destruction, and chaos they can cause undeniably endanger all nations’ safety. The People’s Republic of China is anti-proliferation of ballistic missiles. Fifteen countries are known to produce ballistic missiles: the United States, France, Russia, China, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Syria, Ukraine, and Argentina.
While China has not signed or been involved in the creation of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC) or the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), China does support the MTCR and did request to join. China has agreed to adhere to the agreement and has stated so several times. MTCR has not allowed membership to China because of China’s export-control standards. With no legally binding multilateral instrument dealing with the issue of missiles the effects on China and other countries have been limited. However, for those countries involved in agreements transparency in processes involving ballistic missiles has increased. While the technology behind ballistic missiles is important for advancement in many regards the dangers are apparent. The spread of ballistic missiles must be stopped. While this technology has many functions using ballistic missiles for defense should be permissible. Ensuring national security is critical and cannot be overlooked in this discussion. While China does not plan to use ballistic missiles in any way to harm other countries offensively, countries must be permitted to have methods of defense.
While a multilateral solution would be preferable to keep all countries responsible, bilateral and regional agreements are still preferential to a complete lack of a legally binding multilateral instrument dealing with the issue of missiles. The first step in solving this issue and moving forward to the goal of peace is taking real steps toward the anti-proliferation of ballistic missiles. China supports fellow countries that are anti-proliferation when it comes to ballistic missiles.