Xinhua: China will firmly support purpose, objective of Arms Trade Treaty: diplomat
Tue August, 2020, Age: 2 years
In a statement to the Sixth Conference of States Parties to ATT, scheduled between Aug. 17 to 21 and being conducted through written procedure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Li Song, China’s ambassador for disarmament affairs, said that China supports the international community to take all necessary measures to regulate international arms trade and to combat illicit transfer of conventional arms. Li told the conference that China’s accession to the ATT is a significant step of its active participation in the global governance on arms trade and in safeguarding international and regional peace and stability. The ATT will enter into force for China on Oct. 4 of 2020.
This year marks the first time that China will be participating in the ATT conference as a state party, and signals Chinese diplomats’ growing role in international governance organizations. China has been strongly criticized for its dangerous proliferation of both nuclear and conventional weaponry in the past. In particular, Chinese drone systems have dominated the international UAV market, because Chinese producers can sell unrestricted by the export controls that their Western counterparts are subject to.