BBC Chinese recently reported on the results of research data that the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released. According to SIPRI, between 2010 and 2014, China surpassed Germany, France, and Great Britain in the international arms market to become the world’s third largest arms exporter. China’s current share of the world arms market is five percent. Two thirds of its exports were to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. China’s customers also included 18 African countries. During the five-year period from 2010 to 2014, the Chinese arms export volume increased by 143 percent, compared to the previous five-year period. In the meantime, Germany’s exports saw a decrease of 43 percent, while France decreased by 27 percent. The United States remains the largest arms exporter and Russia remains the second largest, holding 31 percent and 27 percent of the world market, respectively.
Source: BBC Chinese, March 16, 2015