From the Wall Street Journal, 6/21/10. World governments are spending more on guns and bombs than ever. Global military expenditures in 2009 topped $1.53 trillion—2.7% of global GDP, up 6% in real terms from 2008 and 49% since 2000. The U.S. spent $661 billion—4.3% of GDP, accounting for 43% of the world total. China followed with an estimated $100 billion—2% of GDP and 217% more than 2000.
Just under 5% of the world’s pop and 43% of the world’s military expenditures.
And the China stat of recent days. Every six hours China exports more than it did in all of 1978 (Marginal Revolution-blog).