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Scholar disputes Jane's report on Chinese military

(Xinhua)

08:10, February 21, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese military scholar on Monday disputed a global research group's report on China's defense budget growth, saying the motivation of the report was to play up China's military threat.

The IHS Jane's report said China's military budget will double by 2015, making it more than the rest of the Asia Pacific region's combined.

China's military spending will reach 238.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 compared with 119.8 billion in 2011, according to the report.

Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for the annual session of China's national legislature, announced in March last year that the country's defense budget in 2011 was 601 billion yuan (91.5 billion U.S. dollars), an increase of 12.7 percent from that of 2010.

China's defense budget in 2010 increased by 7.5 percent from that of 2009, according to official statistics.

Professor Ma Gang with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) National Defense University said the IHS Jane's report was sensational and lacked a rational and factual basis.

"The report's prediction that China's military budget will gain an annual increase of 18.75 percent in the upcoming five years was purely speculative," Ma said.

"The facts have proved that China's military budget increase has gone up and down over the past years and will not always keep growing fast," Ma said.

The Chinese government has repeated that its military budget increase over the past decade made up for restrained military construction in the 1980s.

According to China's official record, the country's military budget increase ratios in the past six years were 14.7 percent, 17.8 percent, 17.5 percent, 18.5 percent, 7.5 percent and 12.7 percent.

However, from 1979 to 1989, China's military spending had experienced an average annual decrease of 5.83 percent.

Chen Bingde, the PLA's Chief of the General Staff, has said that China's military hardware lagged 20 years behind that of the U.S. and other military powers.

China's military budget for 2011 accounted only 1.5 percent of the country's gross domestic product, in comparison with U.S.'s 4.8 percent and the U.K.'s 2.7 percent.

More over, the proportion of China's military budget in the country's total fiscal budget had dropped from 8.66 percent in 1998 to 6.94 percent in 2009.

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Michael Childress at 2012-03-0172.75.83.*
For many years the chinese i have met and seen have been very quiet and not responding to idle chatter. is this an exception and not the behavior of the nation? why does china worry about what racists say? the chinese way i"m familiar with is the best. An empty wagon makes a lot of noise.
Tracker at 2012-02-29122.107.107.*
Don"t know where Jane"s get their figures from but perhaps this may answer why their figures are skewed. My understanding is China"s military budget is roughly around 17% each year which also includes non-military (or non-defense) expenditure keeping in mind the PLA provides essential civilian assistance, search, rescue and co-ordination services to it"s civilian population as well as military expenditure on defense so 12.7% for defense sounds reasonably correct give or take a few yuan. I might add I was in China during the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake and the train line to Sichuan from Guangdong was busy night and day with PLA and equipment belonging to the PLA and not necessarily of military defense (or offense) value being moved to Sichuan to assist the people. Out of respect for the PLA (and being a foreigner) I didn"t take video or photos but the sight was so amazing I will never forget it. All that machinery and people cost money and served no other purpose but to help in times of need and all included in the military budget. Maybe next time Jane"s can ask China instead of making a ball park figure.
jose at 2012-02-2271.174.116.*
US military spending is over half of all other nations military spending combined!
frustrated at 2012-02-21117.242.144.*
there can be data analysis and interpretation by 500 ways(global national and local)and chinese shld see the method of reverse psychology can they do it?
lovingchina at 2012-02-21183.39.55.*
Why must the western forces be more powerful than the rest of the world nations combined? If ture, so what, yet the USA and NATO are 10 times bigger militarily? China is huge nation and most populous one on earth, so it has to spend to improve its defences to deter unwanted elements to cause more troubles in the region, if peace were to prevail.
  

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