China signs UN arms trade treaty

UNITED NATIONS (HRNW) – China signed a global pact Monday to regulate arms sales that has been rejected by the United States, the Asian power s UN ambassador said.

The Communist Party leadership s top legislative body voted in late June to join the UN Arms Trade Treaty, designed to control the flow of weapons into conflict zones.

The signing demonstrates China s “resolve and sincerity in maintaining international arms control regime, supporting multilateralism, and forging a community with a shared future for mankind,” Zhang Jun, China s ambassador to the UN, said in a statement.

The statement added that Beijing allows arms exports only to sovereign states and not to non-state actors.

China, the second-largest global arms producer, announced June 22 it would join the Arms Trade Treaty, which now has 107 member states.


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