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EU commends China for ratification of arms trade treaty

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Added On July 9, 2020

In a statement on Tuesday, EU's diplomatic service, the European External Action Service said by acceding to the ATT, China contributes to the advancement of the treaty's objectives, including regulating and increasing transparency in the international conventional arms trade, preventing and eradicating the illicit trade in conventional arms and ammunition, and preventing their diversion. The statement said this is an important development as a more responsible global arms trade would contribute to world peace, security, prosperity and sustainable development. The EU encourages other States, especially major arms exporters, importers and transit States, to become State Parties to the ATT. The United States, the world's largest arms exporter, pulled out of the ATT last year, revoking former President Barack Obama's signature in 2013.