Two J-20 stealth fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Given the slowing Chinese economy and the trade war with the US, the defence budget of 1.18 trillion yuan (US$176 billion) is modest and realistic. Photo: AP
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Modest rise in China military spending is no cause for alarm

  • The proposed 7.5 per cent increase is justified when Beijing, which has a stated path of peaceful growth, needs to defend its interests and modernise

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Two J-20 stealth fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Given the slowing Chinese economy and the trade war with the US, the defence budget of 1.18 trillion yuan (US$176 billion) is modest and realistic. Photo: AP
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