China is a leading exporter of small arms and lights weapons (SALW) and is
a popular supplier among states looking for inexpensive or alternative
sources of SALW. While China has stated its commitment to preventing the
illicit trade in SALW and formally recognizes the destabilizing effect that
SALW transfers can have, it is one of the least transparent arms exporters.
This report is the first to comprehensively map Chinese policies and
practices for controlling SALW transfers. The authors use their expertise in
arms transfers and Chinese foreign policy to describe China's involvement
in multilateral SALW control initiatives, detail its administrative system
for granting export licences and map the destinations of Chinese SALW
exports. This timely and detailed report will prove to be a useful resource
for future studies of China's evolving approach to the control of SALW
2. Multilateral transfer control efforts
3. China's transfer controls
4. Mapping China's exports
5. Conclusions and recommendations
About the authors
Mark Bromley (United Kingdom) is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI
Arms Transfers Programme. His areas of research include European arms
export controls, South American arms acquisitions and efforts to combat
trafficking in small arms and light weapons.
Dr Mathieu Duchâtel (France) is head of SIPRI's China and Global Security
Project and is SIPRI's representative in Beijing. His research interests
include China's foreign and security policies in North East Asia and Europe–China relations.
Dr Paul Holtom (United Kingdom) is Director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers
Programme. His main areas of research relate to monitoring and promoting
transparency in international arms transfers and strengthening
conventional arms transfer controls to prevent trafficking.
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