Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress decides to join the Arms Trade Treaty
China’s highest legislative body voted on Saturday to adopt a decision on adhering to the Arms Trade Treaty.
Legislators approved the decision at the legislative session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), which lasted from Thursday until Saturday.
The approval is an important step in China’s active participation in global governance in the arms trade and in the protection of regional and international peace and stability.
The action expresses China’s determination and sincerity in supporting multilateralism, safeguarding the existing international arms control system, and building a community with a shared future for humanity.
China has built a well-established system of legal policies and regulations on arms exports.
China’s participation will promote the universality of the treaty, boost normal military trade between China and other countries, and better regulate the international order of military trade.
The treaty, which came into force in December 2014, aims to regulate the trade in conventional weapons and fight against the transfer of illicit weapons.
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