Which country is exporting arms irresponsibly?

By Kong Chushan
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U.S. aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower [Xinhua/AFP Photo]

The Washington Post reported that China's arms exports have intensified armed conflicts and humanitarian disasters in Africa and other regions, which is not in accordance with the responsibility of a global power. The ridiculous criticism reflects double standard of some Westerners.

In fact, those countries which beautify themselves as “responsible” do not have any principles or responsibilities at all in arms export. According to a report issued by U.S. Congressional Research Service, U.S. arms export accounted for 78 percent of the world total in 2011 and about half of them flowed into the Middle East. The flow of advanced U.S. arms will break the sensitive and fragile geopolitical balance of the region and threaten national and public security. Overthrowing governments of other countries, providing arms to anti-government forces and interfering in internal affairs of other countries are tricks played by some countries to achieve their own purposes.

Some countries blame other for their arms exports intensifying humanitarian disasters, but do they really care about the humanitarian problems caused by arms trade? In July, representatives of various countries gathered in the headquarters of the United Nations in an attempt to reach the “Arms Trade Treaty” to standardize the international trade of conventional weapons. However, some Western countries take the failure of congress to pass the Treaty as the excuse to hinder agreement of the Treaty. Ironically, it is these countries that advocate reducing humanitarian disasters by strengthening the control on trade of weapons.

Compared to these countries, China is much more cautious and responsible in exporting arms. China always adheres to three important principles, that is, conducive to improvement of self-defense capacities of the recipient country, no harm to regional and global peace, safety and stability, and non-interference in internal affairs of the import country. China never exports arms to the countries, regions or entities which are under the international arms embargo.

The root cause why some countries make irresponsible remarks on China's normal arms export is that they try to safeguard their own strategic and economic interests. They do not want to abandon the “hegemony” logic, to see the growth of China, or to give up using double standards to deal with international affairs. However, their real intentions have already been discerned no matter how these countries try to hide them.


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