China export control capacity building workshop March 13 and 14, Tianjin

On March 13 and 14 Alpha will be in Tianjin, China to host the third in a series of workshops on non-proliferation and export compliance outreach.

The attendees will be primarily from industry backgrounds and will, through their participation, be able to share best practices and experiences. Previously, the Project Alpha team, Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) academic staff and industry experts organised and participated in successful non-proliferation and export compliance outreach workshops in Dalian and Qingdao, China. The workshops took place in February and November 2012 and sought to raise awareness of the importance of compliance with UN sanctions resolutions in the Chinese carbon fibre and alloys sectors. Carbon fibre and alloys are actively sought by proliferators such as Iran and North Korea for use in their sanctioned nuclear and missile programmes. The upcoming workshop in Tianjin will build upon the success of the previous ones by expanding work and understanding in this area.

The workshop will be organised by the Project Alpha team working in cooperation with two Chinese-government affiliated think tanks: the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA) which is Ministry of Foreign Affairs affiliated, and China Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC) which is Ministry of Commerce affiliated. The two-day conference will include sessions led by academics and experts based at King’s, as well as Chinese government officials, experts from Chinese think tanks, British and Chinese industry and others.

The presentations from industry are particularly useful in sharing compliance best practices and experiences with other industry attendees. Chinese industry attendees have previously remarked that they found the workshop useful in informing their compliance systems and practices. The first workshop took place in Qingdao in February 2012 and the second in Dalian in November 2012. The workshops have been funded by the British government and contribute to broader counter-proliferation efforts. As a major industrial hub and seaport, Tianjin is the perfect location for the upcoming workshop Project Alpha hopes to continue its work with Chinese colleagues in the near future to further share experiences and best practices.

Those interested in learning more about the workshop can contact the project at alpha@kcl.ac.uk.