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How much does this country favor Chinese weapons? Wearing Chinese military uniforms and driving Chinese tanks.


By ahongPublished about a month ago 4 min read

Do you recognize this army? The weapons, the uniforms, the tanks, and the drones—doesn't it remind you of something? That's right, it's our country's military equipment. And the country using these military supplies is called Iraq. To be honest, looking at these weapons and uniforms, if you don't perform a set of military exercises, I won't approve.

The Iraqi Special Forces holding the Chinese CQ series rifles.

It is well known that since the fall of Saddam, Iraq's national defense has been monopolized by the United States. When we talk about the Iraqi army, we often mock it as an American auxiliary force. However, with the continuous decline of the United States and the increasing possibility of the spillover of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq has initiated a long-brewing plan: to equip its military with Chinese weapons in all aspects.

The sale of military equipment is three parts military and seven parts political. In the past, when Iraq purchased weapons from the United States, it was actually a form of protection fee. Do you really think American weapons are easy to use? American weapons are notoriously delicate, especially the export versions, which are the worst of the worst, mainly because a dead soldier won't write a bad review. As for the countries in the Middle East, the United States has directly regarded them as a dumping ground for obsolete weapons. Basically, weapons that are about to be scrapped are all sold to the Middle East.

If it weren't for the need for American troops to help protect Iraq, I believe they would definitely not want to buy these high-tech second-hand waste.

However, with the continuous decline of the U.S. military and political influence in the Middle East, Iraq is now preparing to massively abandon American military weapons and purchase from China.

After all, Chinese foreign trade weapons and equipment are really good to use. Of course, they are not as technologically advanced as the Chinese self-use models, but they are only half a generation behind. In addition, China will also customize special functions for weapons according to user needs, which makes Chinese foreign trade weapons incomparable to the second-hand waste that is two or three generations behind in the United States.

Iraq has introduced China's VN22 wheeled armored vehicles.

In addition, trade between China and the Middle East is becoming increasingly close, which is also related to the increasingly severe inflation in the United States. Now the dollar basically can't buy anything, and in the final analysis, the renminbi is more useful. So in order to earn renminbi, Iraq has exported most of its domestic oil to China. Iraq exports 170 million tons of oil every year, and China's purchase volume is 59 million tons, which is almost one-third of Iraq's output. Now Iraq has launched the renminbi oil settlement, and in the future, Iraq can directly use the renminbi for consumption. This makes the trade between the two countries even closer.

Chinese weapons and equipment are better, and trade cooperation with China is becoming increasingly close, and China does not have additional political clauses. I think anyone knows how to choose.

This time, Iraq's purchase of Chinese weapons is not just buying one or two pieces of equipment, but directly equipping the military in a comprehensive way, and purchasing a large number of Chinese weapons production lines. Including small infantry fighting vehicles, drones, etc.

In terms of tanks, Iraq has also abandoned the idea of using heavy tanks as the main body of the army and turned to purchase China's VT-4 main battle tanks.

These choices are all meaningful. At present, Iraq's industry does not support them in mass-producing heavy weapons and equipment, so high combat efficiency and good performance light equipment have become their first choice. It can be seen that Iraq not only needs weapons but also needs to restore the industrial production capacity of the country that has been destroyed by the United States.

Of course, big items are not not bought, but they are bought less, such as hypersonic missiles, which Iraq has bought a few. Although it is a bit difficult for Iraq's industry to maintain these equipment at present, a small amount of maintenance for deterring the U.S. Navy and the Israeli army is still possible.

China is so generous this time, of course, not to be a fool. The relationship between the Soviet Union's billion-dollar subsidies to Albania and China has proved that being a fool has no future. The reason why China is willing to help Iraq so much is mainly because Iraq has given China the mining rights to several large oil fields in its territory. If China wants to protect these oil fields, it must arm Iraq.

Of course, there are still many pro-American factions in Iraq, after all, as a country that was defeated by the United States, coupled with the United States' rule over Iraq for more than 20 years, there are still some hidden lines or diehards in the Iraqi government. But these problems are not big, with the continuous decline of the United States' influence in the Middle East, the living environment of the diehards and pro-American factions in Iraq will become worse and worse. Disappearing in history is just a matter of time.

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