Armaments: a third of the largest manufacturers are now Chinese

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The United States retains the top five spots in the top 20, but Beijing has the largest naval shipbuilder in the world.





By Guerric Poncet

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Sept of the twenty largest arms manufacturers in the world are now Chinese, compared to three in 2019, according to a study published Monday, December 5 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri). “There has been a wave of consolidation in the Chinese arms industry since the mid-2010s,” said Xiao Liang, a researcher at Sipri. “In 2021, the Chinese company CSSC [China State Shipbuilding Corporation] became the largest military shipbuilder in the world after a merger between two existing companies and arms sales amounting to $11.1 billion,” he adds.

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