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Amnesty International. 2006 ‘The Flow of Arms Accelerates - Introduction.’ People's Republic of China: Sustaining Conflict and Human Rights Abuses; ASA 17/030/2006, p. 3. London: Amnesty International. 12 June

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The Flow of Arms Accelerates - Introduction

China is emerging as one of the world's major arms exporters. It is increasing its reach and influence in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and arms sales are an integral part of the trade links it is developing with countries in these and other parts of the world. Over the last 20 years China has supplied a range of military, security and police equipment to countries with a record of gross human rights violations … the routine export of conventional weapons and small arms has been contributing to human rights violations including in brutal armed conflicts …

In its 2005 report on implementation of the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons, China described its approach to conventional arms export licensing as "cautious and responsible". Yet its record in supplying arms to countries such as Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sudan suggests, by contrast, a dangerously permissive approach to licensing arms exports, both of conventional weapons and of small arms and light weapons …

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