In a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, China was declared the fastest-growing weapons exporter in the world.
The Institute found that China’s arms exports rose 88% from 2011-2015 compared to the previous 5-year span. Most of these exports are being gifted to the countries around India as part of various strategic buddy-buddy arrangements.
Pakistan is China’s biggest customer with an intake of 35% of exports, followed by Bangladesh at 20% and then Myanmar at 16%.
But while China will probably continue to enjoy its current magnanimous ties with the top two, the future of its friendship with Myanmar is up in the air after the rise of Aung San Suu Kyi’s rise to power.
Speaking of international relations, Japan is also rapidly climbing the rankings, thanks in part to China’s inadvertent assistance. Since the mainland has been thoroughly pissing off the Philippines with its developments in the South China Sea, Japan has taken the opportunity to swoop in and sell equipment to Manila.
Aside from that, Japan has also been provoking fits of jealousy from China with its plans to supply Australia with a submarine fleet, which Beijing views as a lowkey military alliance against them.