China begins legal process to approve Firearms Protocol

China has decided to initiate the domestic legal process for approving the Firearms Protocol, an important step showing China’s practice of the Global Security Initiative and safeguarding international and regional peace and stability, it said Monday. the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the launch of the procedure in China during the general debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday, Wang Wenbin, door- spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular press briefing, that the decision shows China’s determination to uphold multilateralism and put into practice the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind.

China is applying domestic legal means in accordance with the rules, hoping to approve the Firearms Protocol as soon as possible, Wang said.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to gun control issues and firmly opposes the illegal manufacturing and trafficking of firearms, Wang said, adding that China has become one of the countries the safest with the fewest gun crimes in the world.

Wang said China earnestly executes military product export management, fulfills its international obligations, and conducts international exchanges and cooperation, which receive positive reviews from the international community.

Taking the approval of the Firearms Protocol as an opportunity, China is ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with all parties and jointly commit to solving problems of firearms abuse, said he added.

As a common threat facing the international community, firearms abuse issues not only cause massive civilian casualties, but generate spillovers, with deepening regional turmoil and encouraging terrorism and crimes. organized transnational crimes, Wang said, adding that the global gun control deficit is urgent. to be resolved, which requires the international community to strengthen cooperation and tackle it together.

The Firearms Protocol is one of the most important protocols of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and is the main legal document in the field of international control of small arms and light weapons.

(Cover: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin speaks during a regular press briefing in Beijing, China, September 26, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry)

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