China’s Arms Exports: Up, Up and Away

China’s Arms Exports: Up, Up and Away
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Beijing continues to build its stature as a global arms exporter, according to the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on the military and security developments of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Per Department of Defense research, China completed over $25 billion worth of arms sales between 2013 and 2017, thereby rising to the level of world's fourth-largest arms supplier.

This largely mirrors an earlier report released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in March which noted that China ranked among the world's top-five largest exporters of defense-related hardware, behind the U.S., Russia, France and Germany, with 5.7 percent of the global total from 2013 to 2017.

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