China accused the US President’s administration of “bullying, unilateralism and frustrating” intentions to tackle global issues. China’s UN ambassador, Zhang Jun, said he had put in China’s instrument of consent to the treaty.
The pact coordinates a $70 billion global cross-border trade in conventional arms and aims to keep weapons out of human rights wrongdoers’ reach.
China becomes the 107th party to the treaty, authorised by the UN General Assembly in 2013.
Then-US President Barack Obama signed it, but the move was disputed by the National Rifle Association and the US Senate never authorised it.
Trump said in April last year that he has plans to nullify the role of the United States in the treaty as a signatory party.
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In July 2019, the United States told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that it had no intentions of taking part in the treaty and that it had no legal responsibilities from its 2013 signature.
Without mentioning the US, but as tensions rise between China and the US, Mr Zhang said in a statement that a “certain country … walked away from international commitments, and launched acts of unilateralism and bullying.”
“This has brought huge uncertainties to the global strategic balance and stability, and seriously undermined the joint efforts of all countries to tackle global challenges,” he said.
He added that “major powers need to … set an example by contributing to safeguarding the international order, the rule of law, the role of the UN and multilateralism.”
Chinese Representative to the UN Zhang Jun
The US ambassador to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Mr Zhang’s statement.
China was the fifth-largest international arms merchant between 2014 and 2018, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
But China itself does not release data for how many arms it sells.
It comes after Trump sent a tweet launching an incendiary claim against China on Monday.
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“China has caused great damage to the United States and the rest of the world!” Trump tweeted.
In later tweets he referred to the pathogen as the “China Virus,” a term that has previously proved controversial.
He wrote: “Deaths from the China Virus are down 39%, while our great testing program continues to lead the World, by FAR!
“Why isn’t the Fake News reporting that Deaths are way down? It is only because they are, indeed, FAKE NEWS!”
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He later added: “BREAKING NEWS: The Mortality Rate for the China Virus in the US is just about the LOWEST IN THE WORLD!
“Also, Deaths in the US are way down, a tenfold decrease since the Pandemic height (and, our Economy is coming back strong!).”
His claims come as the number of Covid-19 infections in the US surpassed the 2.93 million mark.
Tensions between the US and China have been escalating since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
In May, China had published an extensive report responding to 24 allegations made by the US on several subject relating to the pandemic.