An Overview of China’s arms exports to Africa

Chinese weaponry is increasingly attracting patronage mainly as a result of its cost-effectiveness.


China’s Emergence as a Major Arms Merchant

Although there is an overall decline in global arms export to Africa over the past few decades, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) disclosed that arms sales decreased by 6.5%.

Years of economic growth spurt alongside China’s ongoing military modernization have enabled the country to emerge as a major player in the global arms trade.

Over the years, China has gained a foothold in Africa, since 2008, countries in Africa collectively purchased around 21 per cent ($3 billion since 2008) of China’s overall arms exports. And both Chinese and African officials promised to increase that figure.

E Lionel

Techy, Futurist.