Arms Control

US urged to sanction China over North Korea arms

A rocket launcher is fired during a live drill by the Jangjae Islet Defence Detachment in North Korea. Photo: AP

A human rights activist in Japan has written to 178 US senators and congressmen urging them to impose sanctions on three Chinese companies that were allegedly involved in assisting North Korea obtain weapons systems, in violation of UN sanctions.

Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 12:54am

China says UN arms treaty lacks consensus

Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, speaks during a meeting on the Arms Trade Treaty at the UN headquarters in New York, on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

There is no consensus on an international arms trade treaty, major weapons exporter China said on Wednesday, after it abstained as the UN General Assembly passed the measure by 154 votes to three.

The only votes against the first treaty on the conventional arms trade were from Syria, North Korea and Iran.

3 Apr 2013 - 6:29pm

UN adopts landmark treaty on global arms trade

The UN General Assembly holds a vote on the arms trade treaty at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo: Xinhua

The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first UN treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade yesterday, a goal sought for over a decade to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organised crime.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:49am

A new nuclear order is upon us

Pakistan has doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal in the past five years. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea's launch of a long-range missile last month was followed by a flurry of global condemnation that was almost comical in its predictability and impotence. But the launch underscored a larger reality that cannot be ignored: the world has entered a second nuclear age. This larger pattern needs to be understood if it is to be managed.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

Nuclear impasse of yesteryear still with us

Some of us believed that, at the end of the cold war in 1991, American and Soviet nuclear rockets would be left to rust and rot in their silos.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

U.S. warned E.U. to keep arms ban

US diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks show immense American efforts in derailing a potential end to a European arms embargo against China in 2004.

A US official made a rare explicit link between American opposition to relaxing the embargo and warfare concerns in the event of Washington fighting Beijing for Taiwan.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Japan, US foil Beijing push to end EU arms embargo

Japan and the United States appear to have thwarted a fresh push by China to end the European Union's long-standing embargo on arms sales to the PLA - for now at least.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

China should take a lead role in arms trade treaty

It is commonly held in the West that China is undermining democracy and human rights in the developing world by selling weapons to dictatorial regimes, particularly in Africa. Deals have certainly been made with governments with poor track records, but it would be wrong to claim that Beijing is the worst offender. There are bigger arms producers and exporters, not least its accusers.

7 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

US far outstrips China in arms sales to dictators

When it comes to arming autocrats in Africa, upstart China is no match for the United States, a study of arms exports finds.

China's sales of weapons to dictatorial regimes such as Sudan and Zimbabwe have sparked outrage from human rights advocates, academics and officials in the West. Some say that Beijing is undermining the development of democracy and rights in Africa.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Bombs away?

If in 2010 the big nuclear weapons powers and UN Security Council permanent members - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France - don't make significant reductions with their nuclear weapons then an important opportunity will be lost. US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev appear to be of a mind on this.

1 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

China, war shop of the world? Arms industry poised to be global player

The military parade Beijing staged this month was not just a show of its growing military strength but an opportunity for the fledgling arms industry to tout its wares.

17 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Tantalisingly close to nuclear disarmament

I was telling a friend recently that I was going to write about nuclear weapons. As I explained a couple of my thoughts to her, she said I went white. I countered that this is why we prefer not to think about the unthinkable. I probably do blanche, but I am not alone.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

India stares a nuclear disaster in the face

A nuclear agreement that was to have been emblematic of new strategic relations between the US and India appears to be falling apart, with serious consequence all around.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The arms trade delivers to Lebanon

When a radar-guided cruise missile slammed into an Israeli naval gunboat helping to enforce Israel's blockade of Lebanon this month it came as a complete surprise and shock. Neither Israel nor its main ally, the United States, knew that Hezbollah had such a sophisticated weapon in its arsenal.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing attacked over arms exports

Amnesty International is expected to release a report today criticising China's 'irresponsible' export of arms to regimes notorious for using weapons to violate human rights, just days after the jailing of a Dutch man who shipped arms through Hong Kong to Liberia.

12 Jun 2006 - 12:00am