As Budgets Soar, China Still Fears Its Military Isnít Growing Fast Eno
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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:49 AM
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Posted 10 March 2014 - 03:45 PM
Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, pledged on Wednesday at the annual session of the National People's Congress that Beijing will work to safeguard the victory of World War II and the postwar international order, but the country's defense budget will likely exceed US$200 billion this year, twice the amount announced by the NPC, the Tokyo-based Kyodo News reports.
During the annual conference of the NPC, the country's legislature, the Chinese government announced that the defense budget for 2014 will be US$131.6 billion, a 12.2% increase from last year. However, the Kyodo News reported that US$131.6 billion does not come close to the true amount that China will spend modernizing its military this year.
Many US and Japanese defense analysts believe that China's actual defense spending for the year of 2014 will likely exceed US$200 billion, Kyodo News said. Meanwhile, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, has said that Tokyo will pay close attention to the increase of China's military budget.
In his Mar. 5 speech, Li described the importance of the ocean to China's national interests without mentioning the ongoing territorial disputes over the East and South China Seas.
The Agence France-Presse reported that Li used the speech to subtly criticize Japan for damaging the order established by the United States, Soviet Union, China and the Great Britain in World War II, although he did not mention the nation by name. Analysts believe that the rising tensions between Beijing and Tokyo may be one of the main reasons why China will increase its military budget, which will help it prepare for a potential conflict over the disputed Diaoyutai islands (Senkaku to Japan, Diaoyu to China) in the East China Sea.
On Mar. 9, Japan announced that two H-6 strategic bombers of the People's Liberation Army Air Force and one Y-8 early warning aircraft flew through the airspace of the Miyako waterway, which connects the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako to the Western Pacific. F-15J fighters of the Japan Air Self Defense Force were scrambled to intercept the aircraft, with the Chinese planes eventually heading back to China without incident, Kyodo News said.
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 06:09 AM
Well frankly they do have a lot on their plate.
1) “We but teach bloody instructions which, being taught, return to plague the inventor” — Macbeth, Act 1, scene 7
2) "It is cream that rises to the top of milk. It is scum that rises to the top of a dirty pond."
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