China aims to join Arms Trade Treaty

30 September 2019

China is looking to join the UN-sponsored Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which seeks to regulate international trade in conventional military equipment, as early as possible, the Chinese foreign ministry has confirmed.

Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on 28 September that “China has initiated the domestic legal procedures to join the ATT”. He added, “China is currently going through the relevant domestic legal procedures as required and striving for its accession to the ATT at an early date.”

Geng described the move as a “significant step” in China’s participation in military trade governance. “It demonstrates China’s resolution to support multilateralism and forge a community with a shared future for mankind,” he said.

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