China supplied 153 armed drones to 13 countries in the past five years. Photo: Xinhua

China sells arms to more countries and is world’s biggest exporter of armed drones, says Swedish think tank SIPRI

  • But arms exports grew by just 2.7 per cent in 2014-18 from the previous five years, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report
  • China has expanded its customer base to 53 countries
Topic |   China military

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China supplied 153 armed drones to 13 countries in the past five years. Photo: Xinhua
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Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the National People’s Congress on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Modernising military remains top priority as China boosts defence spending to US$175.98 billion after announcement in Two Sessions

  • Funding will rise to US$175.98 billion in 2019 – up by 7.5 per cent from 2018 but less than the 8.1 per cent growth last year
  • Analyst says the increase will ‘only fuel greater and deeper suspicion of Beijing’s motivations and strategic objectives’
Topic |   Two Sessions 2019 (Lianghui)

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Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the National People’s Congress on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
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