A Chinese PLA Navy fleet once comprised of multiple ship classes has been replaced by a leaner, meaner force. Photo: Xinhua
Collin Koh
Opinion

Opinion

Collin Koh

How China’s growing PLA Navy could close a perception gap in the South China Sea

  • Collin Koh writes that a political solution is the way to win trust in the disputed maritime region as China’s naval force grows more powerful and modern.

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A Chinese PLA Navy fleet once comprised of multiple ship classes has been replaced by a leaner, meaner force. Photo: Xinhua
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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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