Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Against 'outside meddling': China to boost defense budget by 7% in

Against 'outside meddling': China to boost defense budget by 7% in

China maintains that the United States has no place in the dispute and regularly accuses the USA government of "meddling" in Asian affairs.

Fu Ying, spokesperson for the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) annual session, rubbed it in at a press conference as she pointed out that China will spend just 1.3 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defence compared to a decision by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to invest 2 percent of GDP for the goal.

China's real military spending will nearly double between 2010 and 2020, reaching $233 billion a year by the end of the decade, according to a report in December by IHS Jane's, a provider of defense information and analysis.

By lowering the rate of growth, however, President Xi Jinping is keeping military spending roughly in step with the overall economy and avoiding a costly arms race with the US following President Donald Trump's proposal last month to do away with previous spending limits and increase the Pentagon budget by about 2% from current levels.

Fu said the defense figure - which compared with last year's 7.6 percent hike - will account for around 1.3 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

She added that "strengthening of Chinese capabilities benefits the preservation of peace and security in this region, and not the opposite".

Along with defending China's frontiers, the self-governing island of Taiwan remains a military priority for the 2.3 million-member People's Liberation Army, the world's largest standing military.

China is also facing increasing challenges in its neighbouring regions, including the South China Sea, Taiwan and the Korean peninsula, many of which are related to China's rivalry with the US. Analysts had expected China would announce a similar increase, but Fu said Saturday the comparison is unwarranted.

"I am optimistic about the trade future between China and the United States, though disputes and conflicts could hardly be avoided, so Beijing can take this chance to appease those who have such concerns". A year ago saw a 7.6 per cent rise over 2015.

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Trump has proposed to increase spending by $54 billion, a total closing in close to $600 billion.

Recent satellite imagery indicates China is completing structures meant to house surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) on a series of such artificial landmasses, the Washington think-tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said last week.

China has a long-term goal of "becoming a world-class military force, just like America, " he said.

China has been rapidly modernising its armed forces in recent years as its economy expands.

Fu did not specify the "disputes" or the country which would "meddle" in Chinese affairs, though she was apparently referring to the South China Sea and East China Sea territorial disputes.

Fu turned those accusations back on the USA, saying the strategically vital waterway through which about $5 trillion in trade passes each year was basically calm. "Which one has China caused?"

"So we need at least five to six aircraft carriers", Yin Zhuo, a rear admiral and a senior researcher at the PLA Navy Equipment Research Center, told the Global Times newspaper.

"Thus the key question we should really ask is whether we are pursuing common security or exclusive security", Fu said.

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