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China’s Military Development, Beyond the Numbers

Former CWP Fellow Professor Andrew S.Erickson and Princeton University doctoral candidate Adam P. Liff write in the Diplomat that given China’s rapid rise in all aspects of national power, as well as its reluctance to release specific details about many important aspects of its military spending, its annual budget announcement rightly attracts worldwide attention. Last week, China revealed its projected 2013 official defense budget: 720.2 billion yuan (roughly $US114 billion), a figure that continues a trend of nominal double-digit spending since 1989 (the lone exception: 2010). Full article here.