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    Experts say that China should only be placed 10th in the global arms exports rating in spite of the increasing weapons exports.

    China's Vice Premier Ma Kai
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — There is definitely some evidence that China is increasing its weapons exports, but the pace should not be exaggerated, experts told Sputnik on Monday.

    “China is increasing its resources, but they should not be exaggerated,” Russian Defense Ministry public council member Igor Korotchenko said.

    On March 16, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published a report, saying that between 2005–2009 and 2010–2014 Chinese exports of major arms increased by 143 per cent, making it the third largest supplier in 2010–14, however still significantly behind the United States and Russia.

    Meanwhile, former deputy secretary of the Arms control and reduction Commission Zhai Dequan said that it is too early to say if China has become the third leading arms exporter in the world.

    "There is as yet not enough evidence to say that China has become the third largest arms exporter, but given the economic growth and technological progress military exports may increase," Zhai Dequan told Sputnik.

    According to Korotchenko, China should only be placed 10th in the global arms exports rating, accounting for 2.4 percent of the total volume of arms exports worldwide.

    Korotchenko explained that SIPRI’s methodology is based on the so-called “trend indicator,” exaggerating the data for countries, who supply cheaper arms, and lowering the data for countries exporting expensive arms, such as the United States.

    SIPRI’s data reflects the volume of deliveries of arms, not the financial value of the deals. Its database on arms transfer contains information on all international transfers of major conventional weapons, including sales, gifts and production licenses, to states, international organizations and armed non-state groups.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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