In November 2012 Project Alpha organised and participated in a successful non-proliferation and export compliance outreach workshop in Dalian, China.
Over 30 attendees from Chinese industry participated to share best practices and experiences. The Project Alpha team, Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) academic staff and industry experts organised and participated in a successful non-proliferation and export compliance outreach workshop in Dalian, China. The workshop took place on 29 & 30 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 workshop was 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). It was attended by over 30 industry participants and representatives of a number of other Chinese government departments. The two-day conference included sessions led by academics and experts based at King’s, as well as Chinese government officials, a member of the UN Panel of Experts on Iran, and those from Chinese think tanks and British and Chinese industry.
The presentations from industry were particularly useful in sharing compliance best practices and experiences with other industry attendees. Chinese industry attendees remarked that they found the workshop useful in informing their compliance systems and practices. The workshop in Dalian was the second organised by Project Alpha; the first took place in Qingdao in February 2012. The workshops have been funded by the British government and contribute to broader counter-proliferation efforts. Dalian was chosen as a venue for the latest workshop because it is a significant industrial hub and port with high throughput. Project Alpha hopes to continue its work with Chinese colleagues in the near future to further share experiences and best practices.