China to join UN arms trade treaty

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  • June 23, 2020
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China to join UN arms trade treaty

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – International affairs

In News:

  • China to join a global pact (UN Arms Trade Treaty) to regulate arms sales, efforts to “enhance peace and stability” in the world.

About UN Arms Trade Treaty

  • The Treaty entered into force in 2014. 
  • UN Arms Trade Treaty seeks to regulate the international trade in conventional arms (from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships).
  • It is designed to control the flow of weapons into conflict zones.
  • It requires member countries to keep records of international transfers of weapons and to prohibit cross-border shipments that can be used in human rights violations or attacks on civilians.
  • It establishes common standards for the international trade of conventional weapons and seeks to reduce the illicit arms trade.

Do you know?

  • While 130 countries originally signed the treaty, only 101 have ratified and joined it. India has not signed the treaty.
  • For more information, read – Arms Trade Treaty

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