By Xu Lin
BEIJING, June 15 (ChinaMil) -- The China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA) held a re-election meeting in Beijing on the morning of Thursday.
Sha Zukang, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, was elected as the new honorary president during the meeting. Zhang Yan, China’s former ambassador to India, was elected as the president. And six people including Qian Lihua, former director of the Foreign Affairs Office of China’s Ministry of National Defense, were elected as vice presidents.
Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun attended the meeting and delivered a speech. Zhang said the CACDA has in recent years actively engaged in providing advices on major strategic security as well as arms control and non-proliferation issues, and extensively carried out foreign exchanges.
Established in August 2001 in Beijing and specialized in research and academic exchanges of arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation, the CACDA is the most authoritative think-tank and non-governmental organization in China's arms control field.
The CACDA has been rated as a special counselor by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) since 2005. It is a non-governmental organization actively engaging in the international arms control arena.