Global Arms Sales Hit Highest Level Since End of Cold War

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In 2012?16, Saudi Arabia?s arms imports increased by 212 percent compared with the previous five years, accounting for 8.
2 percent of global arms imports.
Between 2012 and 2016, India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports, followed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, China and Algeria, said SIPRI, which tracks global arms purchases.
"Since the 1950s, the Indian leadership has continuously maintained that they want to make in India," Wezeman said.
Between 2007 and 2011, India accounted for 9.
7 percent of global imports, still more than any other country, the group?s data shows.
Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world?s largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found.

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