tirsdag 30. april 2019

US and China account for almost half of world's military spending, report says

The world saw a military spending boom in 2018, driven largely by the United States and China, which now account for almost half of the world's military expenditure, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a new report.

Global spending on defense hit $1.82 trillion in 2018, up 2.6% on the previous year and the highest figure since 1988, the first year that reliable global data was available, according to the Swedish think tank. The United States -- which retains its title as the world's biggest military spender -- raised its spending for the first time in seven years to $649 billion in 2018. The US spent almost as much on defense in 2018 as the next eight countries on the list combined, the report said.