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Asia and the Middle East lead rising trend in arms imports, US exports grow significantly, says SIPRI

Continuing the upward trend that began in the early 2000s, the volume of international transfers of major weapons in 2013-17 was 10 per cent higher than in 2008-12, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).The flow of arms increased to Asia and Oceania and the Middle East between 2008–12 and 2013–17, while there was a decrease in the flow to Africa, the Americas and Europe. The five biggest exporters—the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China—together accounted for 74 per cent of all arms exports in 2013–17.The increased flow of arms raises concerns over their impact on international peace and security', says Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board. 'It stresses the need to improve and implement international mechanisms such as the Arms Trade Treaty.'…………….Please Log in or Subscribe to view full details…..

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