South Korea’s arms exports and the rapid rise of China will become increasingly fierce competition
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According to the latest issue of Canada, “Chinese Defense Review” magazine, South Korea in recent years, rapid advances in the field of arms export trade, has entered the “10 billion (annual arms exports reached 10 billion U.S. dollars) Club. ” Concern is that China and South Korea in the export of military type high degree of overlap in the international market competition so fierce.
Korean arms export usher in leap
Korea’s support for the military-industrial era began in Park Chung-hee, after 40 years of sustained development, does have a strong strength. And other military powers like South Korea to achieve localization in the main weapons, the military will also promote the export industry development as an important way. From the mid-1990s, Korea entered the international arms trade market, though initially not popular, but the South Korean government is not discouraged, increasing marketing efforts, and finally a breakthrough in recent years. According to reports, South Korean arms exports in 2002 only 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, the export target, but 10 in 2010, exports more than $ 1.2 billion export target jumped to nearly 80.
According to “Chinese and” South Korean knowing their weapons into the United States and Europe and other high-end market is difficult, it will be in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa as the focus of arms exports. As these areas are also Chinese military’s traditional markets, the two countries will inevitably compete. “Over the past 10 years, China and South Korea played against in the military many times on the export trade, although China generally prevail, but there are still a lot of business taken away by South Korea.” For example, in 2001, Korea exported to Bangladesh made frigate contract, 2003 was successfully exported to Indonesia trainer. Not long ago, China beat South Korea once again, get to the Turkish export orders for self-propelled artillery.
beauty to help out selling weapons
to promote arms exports, South Korea can be described as scheming. Lee Myung-bak took office in particular, the “nurture defense industry” as South Korea’s new economic growth point, regardless of where the country visit, Lee will vigorously promote Korea to the host weapon, “Please use × × weapons in Korea,” said he has become mantra. South Korea’s weapons exports is another ingenious measures to follow the United States during World War II, “lend-lease”, for those who want to learn Korean weapons, to rent, and the effect evaluation, if you feel good, South Korea and then sold at low prices.
even the most amazing number of South Korea’s “beauty to help out, distribute ginseng ‘promotion means. Every international arms exhibition in South Korea will send a number of beautiful women on their own stand out propaganda. “These are beautiful like a beautiful landscape, all of a sudden the eyes of the audience will be attracted to the booth next to South Korea, in order to further enhance the viewers the impression of Korean weapons, they will always stand the audience distribution Korean ginseng is undeniable, ‘beauty cheerleaders’ popularity to enhance South Korea’s weapons of great help. “
may not be able to catch up with China
According to Yonhap, South Korea, from 2011 onwards to be further increase investment in military industries, annual increase of 10% of the budget, and strive to allow arms exports in 2020 reached 40 billion U.S. dollars, among the “world’s 10 largest arms exporting countries” in the column. However, many international observers are not optimistic. Such as Germany’s “military technology” magazine pointed out that although the compression of the Chinese weapons and South Korea’s market, but not enough to show that its future can surpass China as Korea’s R & D capabilities and a far cry from China, “So far, South Korea developed weapons based on the Western existing technology or even on the basis of existing equipment, such as the South Korean Navy’s ‘Aegis’ ship all U.S. components, Korea Air Force T-50 advanced trainer aircraft by the United States and Taiwan engineers to design, the latest South Korean Army K2 main battle tank is the United States, Russia and Europe technology hodgepodge. ”
observers believe that even if the hands of South Korea from China to grab some business, Chinese military exports are still maintained a rapid growth trend, especially with the K-8 trainer aircraft, JF-17 fighter jets, ZDK- 03 early warning aircraft, F-22P frigates and other new generation of weapons exports, China has gradually reduced with the United States and Russia and other arms exporting countries of the gap, so far behind South Korea.
is worth noting that the original backward some customers are back in Korea. Pakistan Defence Forum website, once disclosure, Korean exports of Bangladesh, “de Juan overtime class” frigate in the service process in the emerging technology, which has been in a sealed state, the other hand, Bangladesh, China’s exports of second-hand frigates, “Osman” was the performance has been well, Bangladesh has decided to order new ships to China. Indonesia’s situation is similar to the last two years, gradually increasing in Indonesia’s efforts to purchase weapons from China, while South Korea’s arms exports to Indonesia are marking time, or even signs of shrinking.