Military Capabilities

China’s shock call for ban on lethal autonomous weapon systems

16 April 2018

China has called on nations “to negotiate and conclude a succinct protocol to ban the use of fully autonomous weapon systems”, in so doing becoming the first Permanent Member of the UN Security Council to call for a ban on ‘lethal autonomous weapon systems’ (LAWS).

The call was made on the final day of a Group of Government Experts (GGE) meeting on LAWS held at the UN office in Geneva from 9 to 13 April under the aegis of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

In other noteworthy developments, Austria became the first sizable European nation to call for a ban on LAWS.

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