U.S. arms sales in the Middle East are helping keep countries from “turning to China,” The National Interest reported, citing a statement from U.S. Army General Kenneth Mackenzie. Mackenzie noted that the Middle East and Central Asia are also an arena of confrontation between the great powers.
According to Mackenzie, American arms sales will help “To convince our partners in the region that we will be close and that we will remain reliable partners. We don’t want them to turn to Russia or China when they buy weapons. “
According to the publication, in the last 5 years, the countries of the Middle East account for almost half of all American arms exports. Of all weapons shipped to the Middle East, 25% were destined for Saudi Arabia. As The National Interest notes, these supplies are the most controversial, as Riyadh is waging war against Yemen. In addition, total US military exports have increased by 23% in recent years. At the same time, the US market share has declined slightly due to the fact that Russia, Britain, Italy, Ukraine and Sweden have also increased arms exports.
General Mackenzie stressed that, among other things, arms exports were needed to strengthen American positions. He noted that China is now actively pursuing its interests in the Middle East, intending to gain access to resources and strengthen trade routes. Mackenzie also said that China and Russia are studying the strengths and weaknesses of the United States in preparation for long-term competition.
Translation: M. Zhelyazkova
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