ARMS TRADE TREATY
China abstains from signing the Treaty. → ATT China
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POSITION TOWARDS THE CONFLICT
Beijing seeks normalcy in war-affected Yemen to ensure its flagship Belt and Road Initiative has safe access to the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea. Many experts argue that Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiate (BRI) will gain advantage if Yemen achieves stability.
“Much of China’s trade with Europe passes through the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, while Chinese imports of Middle Eastern and African oil transit through Bab el Mandeb and the Strait of Hormuz,” affirms I-wei Jennifer Chang, Research Fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington. Chang said although Yemen is “not of direct importance to China’s overall foreign policy goals”, the country still occupies a geostrategic position straddling the international shipping lanes. “The Chinese would like to see peace and stability restored in Yemen so that Chinese companies could resume pre-2011 investments and trade and potentially play major roles in Yemen’s post-war reconstruction. The Chinese would also like Yemen to be stable in order to make Yemen play a more economically active role in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative,” Chang added.
Transfer of major weapons from China to Saudi Arabia / 2010-2019
Transfer of major weapons from China to United Arab Emirates / 2010-2019
|Blue Arrow-7||Anti-Tank Missile||2017||500||2017-2019||350||For Wing Loong-2 UCAV|
|AH-4 155mm||Towed Gun||2018||15||2017-2019||15|