Pakistan was one of the biggest importers of major arms in Asia and Oceania region between 2016 and 2020, a report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has revealed.
According to the report, Asia and Oceania was the largest importing region for major arms, accounting for 42% of global arms import during 2016-2020. Pakistan along with China, India, Australia, and South Korea were the biggest importers in the region.
China was the largest arms importer in East Asia, receiving 4.7% of the global arms imports in 2016–2020.
China remained the fifth largest arms exporter during 2016-2020. However, China reported a decline of 7.8% in arms exports during 2016-2020 in comparison with 2011-2015.
China accounted for only 5.2% of total global arms exports during 2016-2020 as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Algeria were the largest importers of Chinese arms.
India’s arms imports fell by 33% during 2016-2020 in comparison to 2011-2015. Russia remained India’s largest arms supplier while India’s imports from Russia decreased by 53% and by 46% from the US during 2016-2020.
Overall, the US remained the largest arms exporter during 2016-2020, increasing its global share of arms exports to 37%. The US was followed by Russia which accounted for 20% of global arms exports during 2016-2020.
France remained the third largest arms exporter during 2016-2020 with 8.2% of the global exports while Germany was ranked as the fourth-largest arms exporter during 2016-2020 with 5.5% of the global exports.