- Apr 17, 2009
China is a peace loving nation.China becomes the world's third largest arms exporter
China's exports of weapons surged by 143% in the five years to 2014 compared to the previous five years
China has become the world's third largest exporter of arms after the US and Russia, according to a new report.
China overtook Germany, France and the UK in exporting weapons between 2010 and 2014, said the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
China now accounts for about 5% of the world's exports of arms.
Three Asian countries, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, accounted for more than two-thirds of those exports.
The world's second largest economy also had 18 African nations as clients during the five year period, according to the study, which said the data reflected the volume of arms deliveries and not the financial value of the deals.
China exports jump
China's exports of major arms rose by 143% in the five years to 2014 from the previous five years.
Meanwhile, Germany's arms exports fell by 43%, while France's dropped 27% in the same time frame.
Overall, that compares to a 16% increase in the volume of arms transferred around the world.
However, despite China's big jump in the global rankings, there is still a sizeable gap between the volume of its exports and those of the top two exporters the US and Russia.
The US accounted for 31% of the world's weapons exports, while Russia sold 27%. Exports from those two countries rose 23% and 37% respectively in the time period.
SIPRI compares arms sales over five year periods because of large fluctuations in the volumes of arms traded year on year.
BBC News - China becomes the world's third largest arms exporter
It abhors wars, conflicts, insurgency anywhere in the world and will do everything to ensure peace and harmony.
This article indicates its love for peace and harmony around the world.
Peace and harmony spoken out of the mouth, but supply weapons and so be its usual duplicitous, double speaking Janus self.
That is Chinese mentality for you.