Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews an honour guards before a naval parade in Qingdao. Photo: Xinhua

China’s massive military spending is creating a ripple effect across the Asia-Pacific region

  • With a defence budget second only to the US, China is amassing a navy that can circle the globe and developing state-of-the-art autonomous drones
  • The build-up is motivating surrounding countries to bolster their own armed forces, even if some big-ticket military equipment is of dubious necessity
Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews an honour guards before a naval parade in Qingdao. Photo: Xinhua
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