By Ajay Jejurikar, Sydney Morning Herald
In the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), member nations are torn between China and Senegal’s draft resolutions. I firmly believe that China’s draft resolution better addresses the global crisis of nuclear proliferation.
To begin, China’s draft resolution explicitly condemns the use of nuclear weapons in any scenario. Furthermore, China’s working paper urges nuclearized countries to decrease their nuclear arsenals by 10 percent each year. “We believe that through our working paper, we could live in a nuclear weapons-free world by 1978,” explained the representative of China.
Not only would China’s resolution lead to complete denuclearization within the next decade, but it would also benefit smaller, third-world countries. “Our draft resolution protects smaller countries’ rights to develop nuclear energy and even assists them in the process,” reiterated the representative of China.
On the other hand, Senegal’s draft resolution would cripple global stability. The representative of Senegal claims that “it fully condemns the use of nuclear weapons. However, in the same working paper, nuclear weaponry is defined as “defense” and “deterrence.” In other words, Senegal’s working paper implies that nuclear weapons are necessary for a country’s self-defense. This clause, in turn, could promote the production of nuclear weapons worldwide. My sentiments are supported by the delegations of China, France and the U.K.
Therefore, the UNSC must approve China’s draft resolution to avoid the dire consequences of nuclear proliferation.