tirsdag 16. mars 2021

US leads arms exporters, China sales fall

Former US president Donald Trump’s bullying push to “buy American or else” when it comes to military arms sales may be working after all. According to the latest statistics, the US remains the world’s largest arms exporter, increasing its global share of arms exports from 32% to 37% between 2011–15 and 2016–20.

The US supplied major arms to 96 states in 2016–20, far more than any other supplier, according to a report from the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. Meanwhile, Russia and China both saw their arms exports fall.  Exports by China, the world’s fifth-largest arms exporter in 2016–20, decreased by 7.8% between 2011–15 and 2016–20. Chinese arms exports accounted for 5.2% of total arms exports in 2016–20. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Algeria were the largest recipients of Chinese arms, according to SIPRI‘s report.