Chinese sailors salute as the destroyer Jinan returns to a military port in Zhoushan, in Zhejiang province in February. President Xi Jinping announced cuts of 300,000 military personnel by 2017. Photo: Xinhua

China to announce big increase in defence spending, say analysts

Military expenses likely to be higher to fund troop lay-offs as part of modernisation drive

Topic |   China military

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Chinese sailors salute as the destroyer Jinan returns to a military port in Zhoushan, in Zhejiang province in February. President Xi Jinping announced cuts of 300,000 military personnel by 2017. Photo: Xinhua
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.