go to top
Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua and Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Eduardo Ano inspect Chinese-made CQ-A5b assault rifles, Quezon city, Philippines, Oct. 5, 2017 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).

What Role Do Arms Sales Play in China’s Geopolitical Ambitions?

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about the production and trade of arms around the world.

China, which in recent years has become the world’s third-largest supplier of arms after the United States and Russia, continues to expand its arms exports thanks largely to its relatively cheap weapons and military equipment. But that has also raised questions about how arms sales fit into China’s geopolitical ambitions, especially in Asia. In an email interview, Sam Roggeveen, a senior fellow at the Lowy Institute in Australia and an expert on the Chinese military, discusses the growth of China’s arms industry and the wider implications for Asia. ...

Want to Read the Rest?
Login or Subscribe Today.
Quarterly
$ 25 for 3 months
  • Two-week FREE trial access.
  • Cancel during trial and pay nothing.
  • Just $25 quarterly after trial.
Try It FREE
Annual
$ 75 for 1 year
  • Two-week FREE trial access.
  • Cancel during trial and pay nothing.
  • Just $75 annually after trial.
Try It FREE