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Multilateral nuclear disarmament debate

On 22 November 2012, peers debated the case for intensified discussions on multilateral nuclear disarmament with China on a motion by Labour's Lord Browne of Ladyton.

In a statement ahead of the debate, Lord Browne said: "China is currently going through military modernisation, with no clear indication of how this will shape their strategic capability, but we do know that they are delivering and modernising their nuclear arsenal.

"As a nuclear state, the UK has a responsibility to engage with all other nuclear weapon states on multilateral disarmament and the non-proliferation agenda.

"The challenges of discussing nuclear issues with China are daunting but necessary and I intend for this debate to be an opportunity to hear the government's current thinking in this area."

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