China’s rising prominence in the global defense industry

March 26, 2020

Modern Diplomacy

China has long been perceived as a problematic arms exporter, meaning that it has historically supplied weapons to countries that are on the United Nation’s bad books. These include rogue states such as North Korea and Iran.  Over the last decade, China has systematically rose as a significant arms provider and has moved from a donor of logistics and medical equipment to a critical provider of weapons and weapons systems.

China stripped Russia to grab the second spot only after the United States, in Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI’s) list of world’s largest arms producers.

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