The World’s Biggest Arms Importers and Their Biggest Suppliers

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10. Vietnam
> Share of global arms imports (2014-18): 2.9%
> Main supplier, share of importer’s total imports: Russia, 78%
> GDP per capita: $6,172
> Armed forces, total personnel (2016): 522,000

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9. South Korea
> Share of global arms imports (2014-18): 3.1%
> Main supplier, share of importer’s total imports: USA, 51%
> GDP per capita: $35,938
> Armed forces, total personnel (2016): 634,000

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8. Iraq
> Share of global arms imports (2014-18): 3.7%
> Main supplier, share of importer’s total imports: USA, 47%
> GDP per capita: $15,393
> Armed forces, total personnel (2016): 209,000

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7. United Arab Emirates
> Share of global arms imports (2014-18): 3.7%
> Main supplier, share of importer’s total imports: USA, 64%
> GDP per capita: $67,293
> Armed forces, total personnel (2016): 63,000

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6. China
> Share of global arms imports (2014-18): 4.2%
> Main supplier, share of importer’s total imports: Russia, 70%
> GDP per capita: $15,309
> Armed forces, total personnel (2016): 2,695,000