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China. 2008 ‘Marking.’ 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. 10. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations. 3 July
New detailed rules on SALW markings were issued by the competent Chinese authority as part of the national military standards in August of 2007, specifying requirements for the content, format, location and production of markings on small arms, spare parts and accessories as well as their packing containers in conformity with the corresponding requirements of the Firearms Protocol and the International Tracing Instrument.
Under the new Regulations, each SALW produced in China is stamped with a unique marking (see Appendix) that includes a country code, weapon-category code, factory code, code for the year of manufacture, and manufacturing serial number; imported/exported SALW should be stamped with the importing/exporting country code and the code for the year of import/export.
Markings on SALW should be positioned on the main components of the weapon so as to be clearly visible and not easily worn away; the durability of the markings should be longer than the expected storage time or service life of that weapon.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]