Recent figures realized by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show a major spike in the sale of Chinese weapons. China’s arms exports have risen 143% over the course of five years, surpassing Germany as the world’s third-largest arms dealer. The nation’s contribution to the global arms market grew from 3% in 2004-2009 to 5% in 2010-2014. The boosts in China’s military budget and technological research programs have made their weapons become more competitive in the global marketplace.
Playing a major role in the jump in weapons sales is Pakistan, as it has purchased over 40% of the country’s exports. This is furthering tensions between India and China. Yue Gang, once a colonel and now a military analyst, stated in an interview that many western countries refuse to export to Pakistan for fear that it will offend India. So [Pakistan’s] options are limited and it turns to China out of necessity.” Gang explained that China has less of, how he put it, a political “complex,” than other countries.
However, China is still far behind the two major players in the global arms market. The United States currently accounts for 31%, and Russia as the second largest with 27% – just to put things into perspective.