The following appendices provide empirical data on the transfer of major conventional weapons from China for the years 1951 through 1990. There are four appendices, one for each category of Chinese major conventional arms production: missiles, armor and artillery, aircraft, and naval vessels. Within each appendix, weapons exports are shown by recipient country, year of delivery, and type of weapon. In some instances, additional clarifying remarks are included. While every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of these tables, anyone reviewing them should recognize the inherently secretive nature of the arms trade and the resultant difficulties in determining with absolute certainty the extent, nature, and destination of international arms transfers. Such difficulties are especially present in attempts to trace arms transfers of the PRC, one of the most closed polities in the world and particularly sensitive about its arms transfer policies. Hence, these appendices may not reflect all major weapons transfers by the PRC, and they may reflect arms transfers in which there may be an element of uncertainty. Nevertheless, a comprehensive (though perhaps not all-inclusive) empirical foundation can be built for major conventional weapons transfers from the PRC.
The appendices are compiled and derived from numerous sources. Most important is the annual publication from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, World Armament and Disarmament: SIPRI Yearbook ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, several years). Several yearly editions of this work were used in developing these appendices. The work by Michael Brzoska and Thomas Ohlson, Arms Transfers to the Third World, 1971-1985