China will participate in the Arms Trade Treaty
For the first time, China will participate as a party to the Conference of the Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty.
On August 13, the Geneva Conference on Disarmament held a plenary session. Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Li Song attended the meeting.
Li Song said in his speech that next week, China will participate as a party to the Arms Trade Treaty Conference for the first time. China will work with the parties to conduct in-depth discussions on strengthening the treaty mechanism, promoting the validity and universality of the treaty, and promoting interaction and cooperation among relevant international mechanisms.
On June 20, 2020, the Chinese 19th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress voted and passed the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on joining the Arms Trade Treaty. On the same day, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed the letter of accession. China has formally completed its domestic legal procedures for joining the treaty.
On July 6, Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, deposited China’s letter of accession to the Arms Trade Treaty to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Guterres. According to the provisions of the treaty, the instrument of accession shall take effect 90 days after the date of its deposit.
The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first international treaty governing the trade in conventional arms under the framework of the United Nations. It was adopted at the UN General Assembly on April 2, 2013, and entered into force on December 24, 2014. The treaty aims to promote the establishment of the international community’s control over conventional weapons, and effectively deter or even eliminate the illegal trade in conventional weapons.
After China’s accession, the “Arms Trade Treaty” has a total of 107 signatories.