Reported accelerated growth in the global arms trade volume growth in South America Southeast Asia’s largest
data for: Vietnam Air Force Su-30 fighters equipped with Russian-made
China Network Communications British “Guardian” reported on March 15, Stockholm Peace Research Institute issued a report, despite the economic with the financial downturn, the global arms trade is still accelerating growth, which increased in South America and Southeast Asia is most obvious.
report, compared with the previous five-year period, the average over the past five years, total global sales increased by 22%. Moreover, although in the past two years the global economic downturn, but still in the arms trade to flourish.
because most governments will not disclose the specific military spending, so the report does not provide the specific amount of global arms sales.
According to the report, the United States remains the world’s largest arms exporter, accounting for 30% of total global exports, Russia is next (23%), Germany (11%) and France ( 8%).
British arms exports decline, accounting for only 4% of the world, the report mentioned only to Saudi Arabia sold its 72 “Typhoon” aircraft. Reported that Germany’s arms exports more than doubled, mainly because of growth in sales of armored vehicles.
In addition, for South America’s arms exports increased 150%, highlighting the possibility of regional arms race. Last year, Venezuela from Russia $ 2.2 billion credit to purchase air defense systems, artillery, armored vehicles and tanks.
Stockholm Peace Research Institute researcher, Latin American affairs expert Mark – Brad Mulei said: “In South America, we have seen a national competition, signs of massive arms procurement, which clearly shows that we need by enhancing transparency and confidence-building measures to ease the tension in the region. “
in Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia are particularly significant sales growth in the region, Singapore already ranks among the world’s top ten arms importing nations.
In addition, the Stockholm Peace Research Institute Asian affairs expert Simon – Wei Zeman added: “In 2009, Vietnam became the latest Southeast Asia a long-range fighter jets and submarines ordered the state.” He said: “The current wave of military procurement may undermine stability in the region and jeopardize decades of peaceful situation.”
reported that in the past five years, aircraft sales in the major U.S. arms sales to project accounting for 39%, the proportion of sales in Russia is 40%. The report warns that fighters may be trading in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and South Asia triggered an arms race. (Tanhua)