China reports to UN on joining arms trade treaty

Tuesday, 7 July, 2020 - 11:05

China has joined the International Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  The Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, passed this document on to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterrish.

According to the Permanent Representative, the Chinese government supports the goals and objectives of the treaty, and also agrees to take all necessary measures to regulate the international arms trade and combat its illicit transfer.  He noted that joining the ATT is another important step in the country's participation in global arms trade management to ensure international and regional stability, the Xinhua News Agency reported on July 7.

Zhang Jun also drew attention to the fact that today one-sidedness has become a problem of the world community.  So, some states are withdrawing from arms control agreements and international treaties, which has led to undermined the efforts of all countries to solve global problems.

The Permanent Representative emphasized that China will abide by the goals and principles of the United Nations and support an international arms control treaty.

The ATT was adopted by the UN on April 2, 2013 and entered into force on December 24, 2014.  Currently, its participants are 107 states.

In April last year, Washington decided to withdraw from the ATT.  US President Donald Trump then stated that his administration was not going to ratify this agreement.  The White House noted that the reason was that many countries did not participate in it, including Russia and China.