China ATT Update
This is the sixth issue of ATT Update, co-published by Saferworld and the School of Political Science at Tongji University. The ATT Update is a platform for Chinese experts, academics, and students to exchange their views on efforts to regulate international transfers of conventional arms under the ATT process.
This issue contains contributions from two scholars from the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), China. Dr Zhang Chun suggests that although China has concerns relating to procedural justice vis-à-vis the adoption of the ATT, the country attaches great importance to the substance of the Treaty. This is why China has been supportive of the negotiation process and, the author argues, this points to China’s possible signature of the ATT in the near future. Dr Wu Chunsi lays out four specific areas in which the international community can cooperate with China to encourage the country to be more engaged in the next steps of the ATT process. This issue of the ATT Update also includes a Q&A session contributed by Saferworld’s Small Arms and Transfer Controls Advisor, Elizabeth Kirkham. She addresses some of the key concerns relating to the legal and procedural aspects of the ATT signature and ratification.
*The information and views set out in this Update are those of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect the official views and positions of Saferworld.