Is India Planning A War? Between 2013- 2017, India Becomes World’s Largest Arms Buyer
India has topped the list of the countries with weapon-making and weapon -purchasing power, surpassing everyone in the competition to buy weapons all over the world. According to a report, India was the largest importer in terms of purchase of major weapons between 2013 and 2017, which is 12 percent of total arms imports around the world.
In India, the rate of import of weapons has been increased by 24 percent. This increase was recorded between 2008 - 2012, and between 2013 - 2017.
This report has been released by the Global Think Tank Stockham International Peace Research Institute (SIIPRI). In the list of weapons purchasers, there are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, China, Australia, Algeria, Iraq, Pakistan and Indonesia after India.
According to the report, 62 percent of the arms imported by India between 2013 and 2017 was from Russia. However, during thid years between 2008-12 and 2013-17, there was an increase of 557 percent in the import of weapons from the United States which makes America the second largest arms supplier in India.
In spite of constant tension and internal tension in India, the rate of import of weapons in Pakistan between the years 2008-12 and 2013-17 has decreased by 36 percent. Pakistan's share of arms imports between the year 2013-17 was 2.8 percent.
In comparison to 2008-12, Pakistan has seen a decline of 76 percent in the rate of arms import from the US in 2013-17.
Senior researcher Simon Weseman, associated with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expanditre program, said, "Increasing tension with Pakistan and China has encouraged the demand for arms in India, India is not capable of producing its own weapon right now. On the contrary, China is continuously strengthening its relations with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar by supplying weapons.
According to the report, the rate of arms importation of China has declined by 19 percent between 2008-12 and 2013-17. Despite this, it was the fifth largest arms importer from 2013 to 2017.
According to the report, arms flows between Asia and Oceania and the Middle East have increased between 2008-12 and 2013-17, while the flow of arms has decreased in Africa, the US and Europe. In Oceania, there are 14 insular countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands.