China joins US arms trade treaty

China has acceded to the International Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This was told by the Permanent Representative of the PRC to the UN, Zhang Jun, reports TASS.

According to the Chinese diplomat, the country contrasts this step with US policy, which, on the contrary, withdraws from international arms control treaties and takes unilateral steps. He emphasized that joining the ATT demonstrates China’s active participation in global arms trade control and security at various levels.

The Chinese Permanent Representative handed over the document on joining the treaty to the UN Secretary General Anthony Guterres. In China, the agreement will enter into force after 90 days.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump again promised to punish China for the coronavirus epidemic. He stressed that the PRC should be held fully accountable, and added that other viruses had also left China, but did not explain his statement.

The United States signed the ATT in 2013. Nevertheless, in 2019, the administration of President Trump, referring to the ineffectiveness of the agreement and the violation of the rights of Americans, refused to participate in it.

The Arms Trade Treaty regulates issues related to battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, combat helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, small arms and light weapons.