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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Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the National People’s Congress on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Modernising military remains top priority as China boosts defence spending to US$175.98 billion after announcement in Two Sessions

  • Funding will rise to US$175.98 billion in 2019 – up by 7.5 per cent from 2018 but less than the 8.1 per cent growth last year
  • Analyst says the increase will ‘only fuel greater and deeper suspicion of Beijing’s motivations and strategic objectives’
Topic |   Two Sessions 2019 (Lianghui)

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Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the National People’s Congress on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
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