China signs UN arms trade treaty
United Nations: 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. - AFP