China Boosts Spending to Bolster Military Capabilities

China looks to defuse trade tensions asks US for talks

The 8.1% increase is higher than last year's announcement, when China upped military spending by 7% over the previous year.

In a budget report issued at the opening of parliament's annual meeting, the National People'S Congress (NPC), Chinese authorities said the defense budget will increase to 1.11 trillion yuan (€142 billion, $175 billion).

It also comes amid increased tension with the US, as Washington beefs up its naval presence in the South China Sea and Beijing has shown an increasing willingness to flex its muscles there, much to the chagrin of many of its maritime neighbors.

All three of China's sea forces - the navy, coast guard and maritime militia - are the largest of their types by number of ships, allowing them to "maintain presence and influence in vital seas", according to Andrew S. Erickson of the U.S. Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute. The budget grew 7.6% in 2016, and 7% in 2017.

China's defence budget is so large now that double-digit annual percentage increases are no longer necessary, said military commentator Song Zhongping.

Premier Li Kequiang said in his opening address that China will "advance all aspects of military training and war preparedness, and firmly and resolvedly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests".

"China is committed to a path of peaceful development and China pursues a defense policy that is defensive in nature", Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, a spokesman for the National People's Congress, said at a briefing Sunday.

The armed forces are required to meet new national security demands, fulfill new missions, offer strategic support for national rejuvenation and catch up with global military development, which requires continuous input, Chen said.

Transgender Wrestler Mack Beggs Booed After Winning Texas Girls Title
Beggs refused interviews after her state-championship win. "People think Mack has been beating up on girls ... Beggs was born a girl. "No matter who you put in front of me, I am a champion".

Only the US outpaces China in military spending, with Washington's defense outlays running about four times Beijing's, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

China spent about 1.02 trillion yuan (about $161.87 billion) in national defense in 2017, about 1.3 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Besides approving the defense budget, NPC deputies are also expected to appoint Xi to a second term as president and repeal constitutional term limits requiring him to step down in 2023.

The defence spending figure is closely watched around the world for clues to China's strategic intentions as it develops new military capabilities, including stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and anti-satellite missiles.

China's defense spending as a share of GDP and the budget also remains lower than that of other major nations, he said.

Its military spending per capita is also lower than other major countries, Zhang said. "A large part is to make up for past short falls to upgrade the equipment, improve the welfare of the men and women and living conditions at the grassroots levels", he said.

That move follows complaints that China isn't open enough about how it funds its military or what the goals of its massive campaign of expansion and modernization are.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'They Just Don't Care': Trump Slams Democrats for DACA Inaction
Mar 06, 2018 - 02:34
Congress had every opportunity to legislate a fix, but the fate of Dreamers has proved too divisive for lawmakers to resolve. The Supreme Court ruling hints that the issue won't be resolved any time soon, leaving Dreamers in continued legal limbo.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Ryan urges Trump not to advance with tariffs: spokeswoman
Mar 06, 2018 - 02:32
Canada , which has the most to lose as the top source of U.S. steel and aluminum imports, has called the tariffs "unacceptable". The European Union has said it is drawing up measures against leading USA brands like Harley-Davidson and Levi's jeans.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rita Moreno re-wore her Filipino-made 1962 Oscars gown
Mar 06, 2018 - 02:28
She sported some seriously chic elbow-length black gloves, oversized black-and-gold earrings, and a stunning collar necklace. She's appearing at the 90th Annual Academy Awards as a presenter.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'M*A*S*H' actor David Ogden Stiers dies aged 75
Mar 05, 2018 - 01:33
Stiers would voice further animated role as Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas , Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dr. Stiers joined the M*A*S*H cast at the beginning of its sixth season and replacing Larry Linville after he left the series.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Karti Chidambaram, in CBI custody, wants food from Zomato, Swiggy
Mar 04, 2018 - 03:41
Subsequently, they met Karti at Delhi's Hyatt hotel, where he allegedly demanded a payment of 1 million dollars. Their statement is admissible in court as it was recorded before a CBI magistrate under 164 CrPC.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Weather warning in Louth downgraded to orange
Mar 04, 2018 - 03:39
Met Éireann's weather reports for at 8pm this evening showed only one weather station recording a temperature above freezing. There will be some more snow this morning in places, with ice and lying snow making many roads treacherous.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top White House: Scaramucci Blocked From Entering White House Without Approval
Mar 04, 2018 - 03:38
Kelly downgraded the security clearance of Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law from top secret to secret. Porter returned to the White House the next day, or why the White House said the next day that Mr.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya Assembly Elections: Counting Begins
Mar 04, 2018 - 03:37
As of 3.30 pm, the incumbent Congress is on course to be the single largest party, with 21 seats in the 60-strong Assembly. The Congress had it's best ever performance in 2013. "We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NASA satellite sees poop, reveals secret penguin supercolony
Mar 04, 2018 - 03:36
It is also the only island to date with a population estimate (285,000-305,000) derived from a ground survey of the island. The team used new drone technology to get the first ever count of the population of penguins on the Danger Islands .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top #NBATwitter Responds To JR Smith's Soup-Throwing Suspension
Mar 03, 2018 - 00:37
JR Smith was drafted 18th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets straight out of high school. Smith will regain his starting spot after his suspension is over, Lue told reporters Thursday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Santa Barbara County sheriff announces mandatory evacuations ahead of storm
Mar 03, 2018 - 00:36
According to Brown, weather officials stated the most significant part of the storm is expected to arrive between 2:00 - 8:00 a.m. The order encompassed Montecito , where a January 9 storm triggered flash floods that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US State Dept approves delivery of Javelin missile system to Ukraine
Mar 03, 2018 - 00:35
The approval to further arm Ukraine to defend itself dates to Russia's 2014 annexation of the country. Congress will now have 30 days to approve or block the weapons sale.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Syrian airstrikes pound Ghouta despite United Nations ceasefire resolution
Mar 01, 2018 - 02:38
Russia's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday that the proposed resolution was "simply unrealistic". Control of Eastern Ghouta is shared between two main factions, while Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate is also present.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Simbhaoli Sugars plunges 20% after CBI files fraud case; OBC down 9%
Feb 26, 2018 - 07:11
The investigation agency has filed two FIRs against Inder Chand Chundawat, former senior branch manager at PNB's Barmer branch. The loan turned into an NPA in 2013 and the bank even sold a property kept as collateral to recover its dues, sources said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Billy Graham's motorcade draws faithful in North Carolina
Feb 26, 2018 - 07:08
The Bush family will visit with the Graham family and pay their respects to the evangelical leader at the Graham Family Homeplace. On Friday, President Trump eulogized Graham at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on the border of D.C.