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China’s weapons transfer in the Western hemisphere

Solar, Carlos (2020) 'China’s weapons transfer in the Western hemisphere.' Journal of Strategic Studies, 43 (2). pp. 217-244. ISSN 0140-2390

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Abstract

What characterises China’s weapons diplomacy and how does it unfold in the current security scenario in the Western Hemisphere? This article argues that Chinese arms deliveries have arrived in the region together with the expansion of commerce and trade routes as evidenced in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In Latin America and the Caribbean, states seek to buy weapons in light of contentious border hot spots and intrastate rampant violence. China is a wilful seller and, to accomplish this, it has developed a weapons transfer policy taking advantage of the post-hegemony of the United States. The article argues that Beijing’s successes could reverse due to the lack of interstate armed conflict, and the less belligerent military missions adopted by the armed forces. Yet, Chinese arms transfers in the Western Hemisphere and other parts of the developing world reveal a complex security governance regime where the military, industry, and diplomatic policy communities interact.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foreign policy, international relations, weapons industry, arms transfers
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 12:33
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28814

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