By Patrick Lozada
On Tuesday, the UN general assembly overwhelmingly voted to approve the first global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which seeks to regulate the trade in conventional weapons and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. China was one of 23 states to abstain from the final vote, but declined to vote ‘no’ alongside frequent UN-allies Syria, North Korea, and Iran.
Among other things, the treaty would require signatories to establish a record-keeping system to track the trade in conventional arms, and ensure that arms exports are not being illegally diverted to terrorist organizations or groups planning to use them in human rights abuses.
In an Orwellian braintwister, Chinese UN spokesperson Wang Min said “China has all along supported the negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty” but that “China is not in favor of pushing through a multilateral arms control treaty at the GA which concerns the international security and the security of all nations.”
In related news, Shanghaiist supports the tomb-sweeping holiday of Qingmingjie but opposes any holiday in which the sweeping of tombs plays a part.