China, Africa and the Arms Trade Treaty

  • Bernardo MarianiEmail author
  • Elizabeth Kirkham


This chapter investigates China’s growing arms trade, especially with Africa, and the evolution of China’s arms export controls. Like other external powers, Beijing’s involvement in multilateralism and especially peace support is in danger of being compromised by its active pursuit of the arms trade in Africa. Examining how international efforts at reigning in the sale of small arms and other other conventional weapons are addressed by China and whether we are seeing gradual change to Chinese policy forms the core of this study.


Chinese foreign policy Chinese arms trade African security UN small arms treaty Conflict sensitivity Multilateralism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Head of China ProgrammeSaferworldLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Small Arms & Transfer Controls AdviserSaferworldLondonUnited Kingdom

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