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China. 2008 ‘Export Control.’ National Report of China on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Part 2, p. 8. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations. 3 July

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7. Export control.

China firmly opposes the illicit transfer of SALW, and takes a cautious and responsible approach towards the export of arms, including SALW. China strictly controls the arms export in accordance with its international obligations and with its domestic laws and regulations.

China's arms exports are governed by the following three principles: arms exports should be conducive to the legitimate self-defence capability of the recipient country; arms exports should not undermine the peace, security and stability of the region concerned or the world as a whole; arms exports should not be used as a means of interfering in the internal affairs of the recipient country.

China exports arms only to the Governments of sovereign States, and requires them to provide end-user and end-use certification; it also requires a commitment from them that such arms will not be transferred to any third parties without the consent of the Chinese Government. China has never sold arms to non-State actors or individuals.

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China consistently and conscientiously implements that body's resolutions and has never exported prohibited arms to countries or regions upon which arms embargoes have been imposed by the Security Council.

In October 2002, China amended the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on the Administration of Arms Export promulgated in October 1997, and produced an Export Control List as its annex, to further strengthen controls over the export of conventional arms, including SALW.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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