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African arms accusations unfair as US still dominates global market (2)

By Han Xudong (Global Times)

08:08, September 04, 2012

According to the report, US arms sales last year amounted to $66.3 billion. It is the US that dominates the world weapon market, but why does it still accuse China?

Its purpose is to obscure its own strategic intentions of arms exports.

One of the US principles of arms exports is targeting regions that could start an arms race so as to further increase the export volume.

For example, in South Asia, the US takes advantage of conflicts between India and Pakistan and exports weapons to both. The two countries constantly reach a new military balance based on US weapons. This is a typical example of how the US manipulates regional conflicts to benefit itself.

The US also promotes arms sales by intensifying regional tensions and creating regional turbulence.

In recent years, the US has enhanced military exercises in the Middle East targeted at Iran, which has forced Iran to upgrade its weapons greatly.

This breaks the regional military balance, driving countries that have a tense relationship with Iran to increase arms imports from the US.

Since the end of World War II, the US has constantly used such means to promote its arms sales.

In order to maintain global leadership, the US is aiming at establishing a global weapon system dominated by itself. It seeks various excuses to slander and suppress other countries' arms sales while promoting its own.

For example, during the Kosovo War, the US used public opinion to highlight weapons from countries like Russia appearing in the hands of Yugoslavia governmental troops. During the Afghan War, the US accused some countries of exporting weapons to terror groups.

By doing so, the US was aiming at damaging relevant countries' reputations and hitting their arms sales. But at the same time, it increased its own weapons exports.

Currently, with an increasing number of countries importing weapons from the US, a global weapon system dominated by the US has been gradually formed. This will help US arms sales steadily rise every year and will support the US hegemony.

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