China gave the UN an instrument of accession to the Treaty on the arms trade

The permanent representative of China to the UN Zhang Jun handed over the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres the instrument of accession of China to the International Treaty on arms trade (ATT), said the Chinese permanent mission to the organization.

The Treaty will enter into force for China 90 days after the instrument of accession.

International Treaty on arms trade, which entered into force on 24 December 2014, is a legally binding document regulating the international arms trade. As of December 2019, the arms trade Treaty signed by 135 countries, but the participants today are 105 States, including all EU countries.

Of the largest importers and exporters of firearms by members of the arms trade Treaty are India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, as well as all member States of the CSTO (with the exception of Kazakhstan, acceded to the Treaty in December 2017). The US has traditionally occupying leading positions on the world arms market, have signed the ATT in September 2013, but has not ratified it. In 2019, the President of the United States Donald trump announced the country's withdrawal from the Treaty.