India, China, Pakistan, South Korea and Singapore were the top arms importers between 2008 and 2012, reports the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). India, China and Pakistan received the bulk of their arms from Russia while America was the top supplier to South Korea and Singapore.
India’s share of international arms imports went up from 9 per cent in 2003-2007 to 12 per cent in 2008-2012. China’s fell from 12 per cent to 6 per cent, as this chart from the SIPRI fact sheet shows.
Singapore accounted for 4 per cent of the international arms imports in 2008-2012, up from 1 per cent in 2003-2007.