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Vol 2 (AAC) No 1

Published 1st November 2008

New forces in the arms bazaar

Fast-growing economies in Asia are challenging Western dominance of the war business in Africa

Asian states buy, sell and invest in Africa and their military dealings are growing too. The global arms trade is dominated by the United States, Western Europe and Russia, but several Asian nations have substantial military industries. Selling arms is profitable and cements political and economic ties with African partners.

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