UN Register of Conventional Arms
As a transparency mechanism in the field of conventional arms transfer, the UN Register of Conventional Arms has played a positive role in enhancing mutual trust among countries. China has always attached great importance to the Register, actively participated in the work of all the Groups of Governmental Experts established for the Register, and made important contributions to the establishment and development of the Register.
After the Register was established, China provided the Secretary-General of the UN annually with data on imports and exports of conventional arms in the seven categories covered by the Register. However, since 1996, a particular member state had provided data on its arms sales to Taiwan province of China to the Register, which contradicted the spirit of the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly as well as the objectives and principles of the Register. China was impelled to suspend its submission of data to the Register.
As that particular state has stopped the above mentioned erroneous practice, the problem related to Taiwan in the Register has been satisfactorily resolved. Since 2007, China has resumed submitting data annually on imports and exports of conventional arms in the seven categories to the Register.