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    China's defense budget:

    Post  milky_candy_sugar on Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:06 pm

    BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- China plans to increase its defense budget by 7.5 percent in 2010, only about half of last year's planned growth of 14.9 percent, a parliament spokesman said here on Thursday.

      The planned defense budget is 532.115 billion yuan (about 78 billion U.S. dollars), a rise of about 37 billion yuan from last year's defense expenditure, Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), told a press conference.

      Defense spending would account for 6.4 percent of the country's total fiscal expenditure in 2010, the same with last year, he said.

      However, Li stressed that the figures would not be final until the budget plan is approved at the NPC annual session due to open in Beijing on Friday.
     It is the first time for China's defense budget growth rate to drop to less than 10 percent in recent years which saw a row of consecutive double-digit increases.

      According to Major General Luo Yuan, a researcher with the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Military Science Academy, the double-digit defense budget growth in the past years was mainly aimed to make up for the inadequacy of the country's defense development.

      "This year's 7.5-percent increase signaled that China's defense development has entered a more mature, healthy and stable stage," said Luo, who is also a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee.

      At Thursday's press conference, Li Zhaoxing said China's increased defense budget this year will be mainly be spent to support the reform of the country's military and improve its capability to deal with varied threats and complete diversified tasks.

      Part of the money will also be used to raise the living standards of servicemen, he said.

      Li said China has always taken the road of peaceful development and keep in line with the defensive national defense policy.

      Taking into account China's large population, its vast territory, and its long coastline, the country's defense budget is "comparatively low," according to the former Foreign Minister.

      "China's defense expenditure in recent years accounted for about 1.4 percent of its GDP," he said, adding that the ratio was four percent for the United States, and more than two percent for the United Kingdom, France and Russia.

      The country's limited military force was completely for the sake of safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity, Li said.

      China has always attached great importance to keeping its defense budget at a reasonable level, which was in accordance with its defense and economic development, he said.

      His words were echoed by Wen Bing, a researcher with the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Military Science Academy.

      Wen said the slowdown in defense budget increase in the context of the lingering global financial crisis and the world's improving security environment "is appropriate, scientific, ... and is in line with China's needs for economic development and national security."

      Li said China has been continuously raising its military transparency by submitting defense budgets to the NPC annual sessions for approval, issuing white papers every two years on its national defense, and establishing a spokesperson system and websites for its Defense Ministry.

      Luo Yuan also backed China's transparency in its defense budget.

      "In a certain sense, where the defense spending goes is far more important than how much the defense budget is," Luo said.

    http://eng.mod.gov.cn/DefenseNews/2010-03/05/content_4128725.htm


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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:56 pm

    Thats half the growth we've seen in past years. It shows the weakness of the Chinese economy.

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    Post  Viktor on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:54 am

    Besides fact they did not produced anything new in years.

    They simply have no other option but to become Russia No1 customer again.

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    Post  type055 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:06 am

    Viktor wrote:Besides fact they did not produced anything new in years.

    They simply have no other option but to become Russia No1 customer again.


    in 2015 china even spend lower money than vietnam about buying russia weapons Rolling Eyes

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    Post  sepheronx on Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:22 am

    type055 wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Besides fact they did not produced anything new in years.

    They simply have no other option but to become Russia No1 customer again.


    in 2015 china even spend lower money than vietnam about buying russia weapons Rolling Eyes

    2015 just started. But while Russia has tech that would greatly benefit China (and vice versa especially in navy development), its always best to buy your own tech to fund the enterprises and keep knowledge inside. I am more happy about the JV between the two countries in development.

    Although, would be nice to see Su-35's in Chinese airforce, the Su-30's suffice.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:19 pm

    China’s Defense Budget to Grow by 10% in 2015

    According to spokeswoman for China's National People's Congress, China will increase its defense budget in 2015 by 10 percent.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – China will increase its defense budget in 2015 by 10 percent, Fu Ying, spokeswoman for China's National People's Congress, said Wednesday.

    "I can reveal that in 2015 the defense budget is expected to increase by 10 percent," she said at a press conference.

    Fu Ying said that the modernization of the Chinese army was one of the main priorities the country had at the moment, as it needed to be able to provide security for its citizens.

    She noted, however, that the modernization of the armed forces was not an easy task for China as it had to rely solely on its own resources when developing military equipment.

    The spokeswoman said that the congress members supported the increase and expected the money to be spent appropriately.

    The exact figure for the 2015 defense budget will be announced later on Wednesday. In 2014, China's defense spending stood at $132 billion, ranking second behind the United States.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150304/1019032430.html#ixzz3TPlw7Hi9

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    Post  type055 on Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:12 am

    I heard Saudi Arabia spend 10% GDP in military,and they get a larger budget than russia....so crazy ..

    do they face serious threat? only IRAN is their threat .. and they has US back up

    why do they spend huge amount of money in military? affraid

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    Post  TR1 on Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:42 am

    type055 wrote:I heard Saudi Arabia spend 10% GDP in military,and they get a larger budget than russia....so crazy ..

    do they face serious threat? only IRAN is their threat  .. and they has US back up

    why do they spend huge amount of money in military?  affraid

    No, Russia spends quite a bit more than Saudi Arabia on defense.

    And their spending is half the time political favoritism. Want to make a Western nation happy for a few years, buy a few billion worth of their goods.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:24 am

    Yeah... don't overthrow our government even though we don't allow women to vote... or drive... or be seen on their own in public without dressing like a ninja, and our anti gay laws make Putin look like a flaming queer himself.

    We will buy all your weapons and hire foreign people to maintain and use them for us... expensive and it looks impressive on paper, but I rather doubt it would be a very solid force operationally.

    Of course most of their activities involve funding other actors to fight their wars for them... ie opposition in Afghanistan when the Soviets are there, Syria and Libya, etc etc.


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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:51 am

    GarryB wrote:Yeah... don't overthrow our government even though we don't allow women to vote... or drive... or be seen on their own in public without dressing like a ninja, and our anti gay laws make Putin look like a flaming queer himself.

    We will buy all your weapons and hire foreign people to maintain and use them for us... expensive and it looks impressive on paper, but I rather doubt it would be a very solid force operationally.

    Of course most of their activities involve funding other actors to fight their wars for them... ie opposition in Afghanistan when the Soviets are there, Syria and Libya, etc etc.

    Nothing killed me more than seeing Obama honor King Abdullah, if there was ever any question whether Obama suffers from mental illness then this case should put such questions to rest. One day he (Obama) is the worlds greatest crusader and champion of Gay rights, the next day he's honoring the life of the worlds most violent homophobe, it's clear that Obama suffers from multiple personality disorder:


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    Post  type055 on Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:01 pm

    George1 wrote:China’s Defense Budget to Grow by 10% in 2015

    According to spokeswoman for China's National People's Congress, China will increase its defense budget in 2015 by 10 percent.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – China will increase its defense budget in 2015 by 10 percent, Fu Ying, spokeswoman for China's National People's Congress, said Wednesday.

    "I can reveal that in 2015 the defense budget is expected to increase by 10 percent," she said at a press conference.

    Fu Ying said that the modernization of the Chinese army was one of the main priorities the country had at the moment, as it needed to be able to provide security for its citizens.

    She noted, however, that the modernization of the armed forces was not an easy task for China as it had to rely solely on its own resources when developing military equipment.

    The spokeswoman said that the congress members supported the increase and expected the money to be spent appropriately.

    The exact figure for the 2015 defense budget will be announced later on Wednesday. In 2014, China's defense spending stood at $132 billion, ranking second behind the United States.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150304/1019032430.html#ixzz3TPlw7Hi9

    2015 is 142 billion , 10 percent growth, still not enough, Russia, U.S both spend around 4% GDP in military. China only spend 1.3%.
    I think 400 billion will be a resonable number considering catching up with U.S's military superiority.

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    Post  henriksoder on Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:39 pm

    China's military budget should continue to grow with the country economic growth. When China's economy is bigger than US's, at 2024, China should have a military budget at least at 180 USD billions. The peoples liberation army must be strongly supported by a stronger air force, and a stronger mark force with more tanks, and vechile. China should also develop their airborne troops, strategic missile troops and space forces in order to create a strong and dynamic battlefield. China must become a military superpower and work for values as a prosper, fair and peaceful world. China should, with the growing military budget, get better equipment and training to the personel and create a stronger national defense on the ground at China, with tanks, vechiles and a better organize to meet the enemy at home. The Chinese defense must produce and buy tanks, vechiles and aircrafts from Russia or something, to better support the active troops for a strong national defense and a powerful offensive. China should buy carriars from US to better control the Ocean Pacific and develop their navy in greater scale in order to better support the army, control the Ocean Pacific and operate in international water. The air force should focus on a growth with the growing military budget. The air force, the army and even the navy should be good cooperated and coordinated in order to defend Chinese values, such as a prosper, fair and peaceful world, and at the same time work worldwide for China's values and promote those values across the world.

    China should also participate in peacekeeping actions and work for a cooperation between Asia-countries. China should for example uphold good relations with Russia and work for a prosper, fair and peaceful world. China should also work for those values and for good relations with India, work for human and economic progress across Asia and develop a military cooperation between Asia-countries where China and maybe even Russia is leading. India, central Asia, eastern Asia and western Asia military should be able to cooperate for common values and for a good development in the world, for good free trade and economic conditions between each other for a prosper world. China should also participate in UN and other supranational organizations and economic cooperations.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Sep 05, 2015 3:00 am

    China Military Cuts Demonstrate Commitment to Peace

    The reduction of Chinese troops allowed China to show itself in a new light, according to analysts.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The reduction of Chinese troops testifies to the country’s commitment to peace despite economic difficulties and regional tensions, experts told Sputnik on Thursday.

    Earlier in the day, President Xi Jinping made the announcement that Chinese armed forces would be cut by 300,000 at the military parade marking the country’s victory in World War II.

    Oxford University Professor of History and Politics of Modern China Rana Mitter, who was a guest of honor at the parade, argued that it allowed China to show itself in a new light.

    "The most important word that hung over everything that happened in Tiananmen Square today was ‘peace.’ And China pointed exactly to a peaceful beginning of it all," Mitter stressed.

    Su Hao, a China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) Department of Diplomacy professor, noted the significance of the timing and location leading up to Xi’s announcement.

    "The fact that the statement on the reduction of armed forces was made at the parade underscores China’s commitment to peace, its desire to contribute to world peace," Su said.

    The CFAU professor added that, contrary to a widely held perception of the so-called Chinese threat in the West, Beijing has made efforts in recent years to enhance its military transparency.

    Russian Academy of Sciences senior fellow of US and Canada Studies Institute, Viktor Yesin, agreed that China has begun to gradually open up to the world in military affairs and noted the pragmatic approach to its cutbacks.

    "China agreed on the reduction because it is optimizing the structure of its army under realistic objectives," Yesin stressed, noting that Beijing’s mobilization capacity in the event of a military threat can reach 10 million people.

    "China’s move is to show the world that it does not seek to build up excessive military force, because maintaining an army of 2.3 million people in peacetime is not justified by military necessity," Yesin said.

    Director of Russia’s Center for Social and Political Research think-tank Vladimir Yevseyev argued that lower troop levels were compensated by a modernizing military.

    He added that he viewed China’s unilateral decision to cut back its troop numbers as an attempt to demonstrate to regional and international partners that it is not an aggressor state.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150903/1026561135.html#ixzz3kozXfLVU


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    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:52 am

    China's 2016 Defense Budget May See 'Sharp' Rise

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20160302/1035637329/china-2016-defense-budget-may-sharply-rise.html#ixzz41nhWkUEO


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    Post  max steel on Tue May 17, 2016 1:28 am

    DoD Report: China’s Military Investments Continue

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    China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres in the disputed Spratly Islands, as of December 2015, and has shifted toward building infrastructure and militarizing the expanded reefs and shoals, the Pentagon said in its annual assessment of Beijing’s military.

    That will be no surprise to the think tanks and media that have tracked China’s land-reclamation efforts, but it marks the first time the Pentagon’s annual report has included such detailed information. The report, released Friday, includes seven pages of diagrams and before-and-after satellite images of the construction.

    Last year’s report to Congress included just two brief paragraphs on the effort; it said China had reclaimed only 500 acres as of December 2014.

    The 2016 report said airstrips are under construction at Mischief and Subi Reefs, where China is in the “final stages of primary infrastructure construction.” That work includes building communication and surveillance systems and logistical support facilities, the report said.

    “The airfields, berthing areas, and resupply facilities will allow China to maintain a more flexible and persistent coast guard and military presence in the area,” the report said. “This would improve China’s ability to detect and challenge activities by rival claimants or third parties, widen the range of capabilities available to China, and reduce the time required to deploy them.”

    “Although artificial islands do not provide China with any additional territorial or maritime rights within the South China Sea, China will be able to use its reclaimed features as persistent civil-military bases to enhance its presence in the South China Sea significantly and enhance China’s ability to control the features and nearby maritime space,” the report said.

    The U.S. has repeatedly sent warships and surveillance aircraft near the islands to exercise what it calls freedom of navigation patrols. Earlier this week the destroyer William P. Lawrence sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Fiery Cross Reef.

    “China’s leadership demonstrated a willingness to tolerate higher levels of tension in pursuit of its maritime sovereignty claims,” Abraham Denmark, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary for East Asia, said at a Friday afternoon briefing. “China’s strategy is to secure its objectives without jeopardizing the regional peace that has enabled its military and economic development, which in turn has maintained the Chinese Communist Party’s grip on power.”

    The report said China’s military budget rose again in 2015, up $8 billion to $144 billion. But Denmark said actual military spending is much higher — $180 billion — because the Chinese budget omits research-and-development spending and some purchases of foreign weapons.

    The report said that the People’s Liberation Army “continued to improve key capabilities that would be used in theater contingencies, including cruise missiles; short, medium, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles; high performance aircraft; integrated air defense networks; information operations capabilities; and amphibious and airborne assault units.”

    As in previous years, the report noted the Pentagon’s concerns about China’s anti-ship ballistic missile projects. It also pointed out China’s focus on counterspace, offensive cyber operations, and electronic warfare capabilities.

    “China’s military modernization is producing capabilities that have the potential to reduce core U.S. military technological advantages,” the report said.

    The report also said that the PLA is increasing its global presence, and noted its intention to open a military facility in Djibouti.

    “This is a big step forward for the PLA, which has never had an overseas facility before,” Denmark said.

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