People around the globe - anti-nuclear weapon enthusiasts in particular - can heave a sigh of relief over indications China finally has agreed to drop its opposition to a proposal for a planned comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty. The treaty will prohibit all types of nuclear tests, peaceful or otherwise. China, which remained a stumbling block to the treaty's conclusion, had insisted that the pact should allow 'peaceful' nuclear tests. But non-nuclear industrial powers, including Canada and Japan, are reportedly adamantly opposed to any types of explosions. Apparently they fear it would be difficult to determine what types of explosions were 'peaceful'. Not surprisingly, they do not want any ambiguity in the treaty's text. Nuclear powers, including Russia and the United States, were sensitive enough to help China avoid losing face. They proposed to release a statement, at the conclusion of the treaty, to indicate the issue of 'peaceful' nuclear tests would be discussed in a review conference 10 years after the treaty went into effect. Bravo. Beijing should be hailed for abandoning its intransigent stance. Its new-found pragmatism will secure itself a core position in the international community that will benefit the country in the long-run. Were it to cancel the tests scheduled for next month, it would win another round of applause.