At the start of December, we saw construction photos of the first Chinese aircraft carrier. Weeks later we learned that China had built an “aircraft carrier killer” missile. In January we saw photos of China’s new stealth fighter.Now it’s official.
China is hiking military spending by 12.7% next year, returning to double digit growth seen before the recession.
Although Beijing spends far less than Washington on defence, China’s military is just sitting there and growing. Premier Wen Jiabao says this militarization is for defensive purposes. It’s enough to frighten regional neighbours, like India, which will increase its own military spending by 12%.
China has the world's largest military, with 2.3 million active personnel and 1.2 million in reserve. By comparison America has under 3 million in total active and reserve personnel.
China says it spent $98.8 billion on its military in 2009, but analysts say spending could be more than 3X that amount.
CHINA'S MISSILE ARSENAL: 100,000 personnel, 140 nuclear missiles, 1,000 conventional theatre missiles
NEW WEAPON: The Dong Feng 21D is a land-based missile capable of striking an aircraft carrier as far as 2,000 miles offshore
China bought the rights to licence and reproduce the Sukhoi-27 fighter jet from the Soviet Union, after its collapse
By 2020 China is expected to have a fleet of carriers, fitting of a 'great naval power'. It will have its first this year
Pentagon officials believe that China has secretly built a base, capable of housing up to 20 nuclear submarines, on Hainan Island.
China has now developed and tested its first stealth fighter jet, the J-20. The U.S. is the only other country in the world to have a stealth fighter.
China knows it could not win in a conventional war against the U.S., but little is known of its cyber-warfare programs that may give it an edge
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