...of the world on display in the news. Arms deals are always and everwhere a political statement. In this case the Middle Kingdom is duplicating the tried and true method of providing weapons with political considerations attached...on both sides of the transaction.
This balance is exemplified by Saudi Arabia, a country with the population of Texas, becoming the 2nd largest importer of large arms in the world. They don't need the arms. They need the alliances that purchasing the arms pays for.