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SIPRI Policy Paper no. 38 - China's Exports of Small Arms and Light Weapons Options
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China's Exports of Small Arms and Light Weapons - (
SIPRI Policy Paper no. 38, October 2013
by Mark Bromley, Mathieu Duchatel and Paul Holtom

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 inititatives, 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 transfers.


1. Introduction
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 Duchatel (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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