By CGTN's Han Bin
Over the past five years, China has become less dependent on arms imports, and is in fact boosting its own exports, mainly to Asia and Africa.
China’s major arms exports include: multiple rocket launching systems, armed fighting vehicles, combat drones, precision-guided munitions, small and midsize warships, submarines, air-defense systems and light fighter jets.
"One competitive edge is the ability to provide a whole package of services, that improve the self-sufficiency and capabilities of the recipients,” said Yin Xiaoyang, researcher from China Poly Defense Research Center.
A large number of weapons models are hot sellers on the global arms market, he said.
China is becoming more self-sufficient for its own military needs, and now delivers major weapons to foreign armies. Increased capabilities have driven steady growth of its military contracts on several fronts.
Yin said China is not competing with leading arms sellers like the US and Russia. And China’s military development will not rely on arms sales, as its own military has huge procurement requirements.
With China's economic growth, its military modernization will speed up. And reliance on arms imports will drop, as its own industry develops.
But as a natural consequence, China is seeing its arms sales expand.