Weapons industry in China: On the way to number 1

crumbling of The first report by the peace research Institute Sipri, China's defense companies shows that The Western dominance in the industry. As historica

Weapons industry in China: On the way to number 1

crumbling of The first report by the peace research Institute Sipri, China's defense companies shows that The Western dominance in the industry.

As historically as it is here in a Beijing Museum, China's defense industry is no longer photo: ap/Grag Baker

China has become one of the largest Weapons exporters in the world. This is the first report of the peace research Institute Sipri in Stockholm on China's defence industry, published on Monday, and the taz is pre-shows.

The Sipri report clearly shows how specializes in China's defence companies are. "In the case of us companies such as Lockheed Martin or BAE Systems to provide a wide range of weapons systems. In China, however, individual companies can concentrate specifically on one sector,“ explains Stephanie Blenckner from the Sipri Institute, the results. So Avic (Aviation Industry Corp. of China) produced almost exclusively missile weapons, while the Norinco (China North Industries Group Corp.) focused on the country's weapons systems.

This state-mandated specialization has the consequence that the Chinese companies in their respective sectors to the absolute Topplayern. Over the years, the armor charts were dominated by companies from the USA, Western Europe or Russia.

The new information available from China, however, show The dominance of the West belongs to the past. Avic, for example, has increased its arms sales from 2015 to 2017, to 34 per cent and is thereby the third-largest manufacturer of air weapons systems. Norinco's arms sales to the value of 17.2 billion dollars (2017) already the world's largest provider of in-country weapons systems.

This clear setting of priorities to lead the Chinese companies to a great effectiveness, so the Sipri researchers. The clear goal of the Chinese leadership, be it, own strong arms companies.

success: The times, in which China mass weapons from foreign countries had to import, are long gone. So the imports in the defence sector fell the least by 50 percent, while exports grew by 208 percent. Now China is behind the United States, the second largest weapons producer in the world.

But China's military strength is not only as an economic factor of importance: the people's Republic occurs in the territorial conflicts with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam over the ownership of Islands in the East and South China sea has always been robust, has emerged in China's neighboring countries, a real upgrade pressure.

Despite three years of intensive research, the new Sipri presents-China report is only a first step. Sectors such as Marine, quantum computer, or cyber upgrades are still unexplored. However, given the global shift of power from West to East, the analysis provides for the necessary transparency. Blenckner, it is formulated so: "In a world that is increasingly guided by emotional rhetoric and wild threats, we want to deliver with our China-investigations substantiated facts." So disturbing, these facts may be.

Date Of Update: 27 January 2020, 11:00

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