Practice Relating to Rule 85. The Use of Incendiary Weapons against Combatants
In 1973, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, China stated that it was against the use of incendiary weapons and condemned Israel’s use of them in the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
At the 18th International Conference of the Red Cross, China condemned the use of napalm by US forces in the Korean War, stating: “Foreign invaders also wantonly bombarded the undefended cities and villages located far from the front line, for many times used the most inhumane napalm bombs.”
Upon signature of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, China stated:
The Protocol [to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons] on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons does not stipulate restrictions on the use of such weapons against combat personnel.