US News Global military expenditure increased in 2020, despite the coronavirus crisis

06:40  26 april  2021
06:40  26 april  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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(Stockholm, 27 April 2020 ) Total global military expenditure rose to 17 billion in 2019, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The total for 2019 represents an increase of 3.6 per cent from 2018 and the largest annual growth in spending since 2010. Data from previous global economic downturns suggests that the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will probably disrupt future military spending.

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Despite the pandemic, the total of global military spending reached $ 1,981 billion last year, a 2.6% increase in real terms compared to 2019, According to the data published on Monday by the International Institute for Research on Peace of Stockholm.

Global military expenditure continued their climb in 2020, despite the Covid-19, pandemic reaching nearly $ 2,000 billion, according to a report by the International Peace Research Institute of Stockholm ( Sipri ) published on Monday.

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Last year, expenditures

amounted to $ 1,981 billion (about € 1,650 billion) in the world, an increase of 2.6% over one year - while global GDP decreased by 4.4%.

In 2019, these expenses had already reached their highest level since the end of the Cold War.

According to Diego Lopes da Silva, co-author of the report, if "It had been possible to think that military spending would decrease" because of the pandemic, it is today "possible to conclude with a quasi- Certainty that COVID-19 did not have significant effects on military spending at least in 2020 "

. increase of the "military burden"

The researcher has warned, however, that it was still early to draw these conclusions over the long term, since it will probably take time to the nations "to adapt to the shock"

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The fact that military spending has continued to increase in a year marked by an economical slowdown E means that the "military burden"

- the share of military spending in GDP - has also increased.

This share increased by 0.2 point over one year in the world at 2.4%. This is the largest annual increase since the 2009 financial crisis. Last year, 12

NATO have devoted at least 2% of their GDP to their army - the goal. Fixed by the organization, against only nine in 2019.

However, if military spending has increased globally, some nations such as Chile or South Korea have preferred to redirect some of these expenses planned to meet the Sanitary crisis.

Other countries, such as

Hungary , have the opposite decided to increase their military spending "as part of a recovery plan in response to the pandemic" , according to Mr. Lopes da Silva. United States at the head

The number one budget remained that of the

United States , which increased by 4.4% in 2020, to 778 billion dollars - or 39% of global expenditures.

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The country recorded an increase for the third year in a row, after seven years of decline.

"This reflects the growing concerns about the perceived threats of strategic competitors such as China and Russia, as well as the Trump Administration's willingness to reinforce what it considers as an exhausted US military," says Alexandra Marksteiner, co-author of the report, in a statement. Diego Lopes da Silva Note that the new


administration "did not give any indication that it would reduce military spending" . Behind the United States follows the


, which accounted for 13% of global expenditures. The country's military spending has been continuing for 26 years, in parallel with the growth of its Economy . In France, 8th nation of ranking, expenditures increased by 2.9% in 2020, to $ 52.7 billion.

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