Pentagon Says 95% of Chinese Military Imports Come from Russia

The Pentagon has said in an annual China Military Power Report that China buys about 95 percent of its new weapons from Russia.

The 2006 Annual Report said that Russia remained the leading supplier of weapons to China and continued to cooperate with the country on a variety of technical and logistics issues, which allowed China to maintain and modernize its large military potential.

According to Pentagon analysts, China has bought Su-27 Flanker fighters and Su-30 Flanker interceptors, AA-12 Adder medium-range air-to-air missiles, SA-10 Grumble, SA-15 Gauntlet and SA-20 Triumph surface-to-air missiles, 3M-54E (SS-N-27B) anti-ship cruise missiles, Kilo-class diesel submarines, Modern-class destroyers, Il-76 Candid transport planes and Il-78 Midas in-flight refueling tankers.

The report said China had recently increased its efforts aimed at forcing Russia to sell the most advanced weaponry to the country, although Russia was historically cautious about the transfer of modern military technologies to its Asian neighbor.

The Pentagon said in 2000-2005 China had concluded a series of military hardware supply deals with Russia worth $13 billion, and had already received $11 billion worth of weaponry under these deals.