Growth in China’s economy helped cushion increases in military spending in 2020, according to a think tank. Photo: AFP Growth in China’s economy helped cushion increases in military spending in 2020, according to a think tank. Photo: AFP
Growth in China’s economy helped cushion increases in military spending in 2020, according to a think tank. Photo: AFP

China ups defence spending in 2020 but ‘economic growth cushions increase’

  • Border tensions, maritime activities and coronavirus controls all put extra strain on PLA purse, sources say
  • Pressure from the United States also contributed to greater outlays, observer says

Topic |   China’s military
Growth in China’s economy helped cushion increases in military spending in 2020, according to a think tank. Photo: AFP Growth in China’s economy helped cushion increases in military spending in 2020, according to a think tank. Photo: AFP
Growth in China’s economy helped cushion increases in military spending in 2020, according to a think tank. Photo: AFP
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