China stresses its arms sales policy prudent and responsible

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China says its policy on arms sales is prudent and responsible. Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said China’s arms trade complies with international law. He made the remarks at a monthly news briefing on Thursday, in response to questions in the media about the increase of China’s arms sales that a Sweden-based institution says has risen to the fifth highest in the world. CCTV’s Han Bin reported from Beijing.  

China stresses its arms sales policy prudent and responsible

China stresses its arms sales policy prudent and responsible

China says its policy on arms sales is prudent and responsible. Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said China's arms trade complies with international law. He made the remarks at a monthly news briefing on Thursday, in response to questions in the media about the increase of China's arms sales that a Sweden-based institution says has risen to the fifth highest in the world. CCTV’s Han Bin reported from Beijing.

For the first time, a PLA offshore patrol ship delivered to an African country. Nigeria bought two such vessels. Globally, China sold over 20 different vessels. Chinese military contracts on several fronts saw a steady growth. Also growing were western concerns.

But the Chinese Defense Ministry stressed that the country is upholding a prudent and responsible policy.

“China has always adhered to the principle that arms exports should not impair peace, security and stability of regions or the world at large. And does not interfere with the internal affairs of the recipient countries. China’s arms sales have abided by the relevant U.N. resolutions and international laws,” Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun said.

Due to lower prices, practicability on the battlefields, and good after-sale services, China’s military products found their markets. Most of its exports were home-grown armored vehicles, light weaponry, airplanes and ships. And most were also well used by the PLA.

Military expert pointed out China’s arms exports account for only a small percentage of the global total. It was groundless to criticize the country for its arms trade increase.