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China Rejects US Report on Military Spending

FILE -Military delegates from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) walk towards the Great Hall of the People for a plenary meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, in Beijing.
FILE -Military delegates from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) walk towards the Great Hall of the People for a plenary meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, in Beijing.
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China has rejected a report by the U.S. Defense Department that suggested Beijing significantly underestimated the amount it spent on defense last year.
 
The annual Pentagon report to Congress Thursday said Chinese military spending was about $145 billion in 2013. That figure is about 20 percent higher than the $119.5 billion China said it spent.
 
The Defense Department document also noted Beijing is expanding its ability to project power overseas. It cited advances in China's navy and air force, as well as in missile technology, drone technology and cyber warfare.
 
China's Defense Ministry on Friday said it "resolutely opposes" the report, saying it "makes pointless accusations, exaggerates the 'Chinese military threat' and is a completely wrong course of action."
 
U.S. officials have long suspected China is not telling the truth about its military spending, both because of a lack of transparency and other factors such as corruption.
 
Washington and its allies accuse China of using its rising military strength to bully neighbors in the East and South China Seas with which Beijing has territorial disputes.
 
Though China has steadily increased its defense spending, Beijing still only spends a fraction on its military compared to the United States. Last year, Washington spent about $600 billion on defense.

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 07, 2014 10:16 AM
Why you worry. Don't you believe that all Chinese products are in low quality? So there is no advance in Chinese navy, Air Force, missile system or cyber warfare, they are all made from paper and wood pieces!
Btw, VOA why don't you show the Americas spending for comparison, hum?


by: meanbill from: USA
June 06, 2014 12:43 PM
CHINA DEFENSE SPENDING? -- China told the whole world, they will always remember when they were defenseless, and how they suffered over a hundred years of humiliation by the "Gunboat Treaties" and the "Unequal Treaties" forced upon them by the US, Europeans, Russia and Japan -- (AND NOW?) -- China says it will never ever give up "one inch" of the motherland again -- wherever that sovereign "inch" of Chinese land, sea, or air, may be. -- (A PROMISE?) -- (A promise to the Chinese people, or a warning to those who'd try to take "one inch" of Chinese land, sea, or air?).

China suffered untold humiliations for over a hundred years, from the "Gunboat Treaties" and "Unequal Treaties" and the "Law of the Sea" force upon them by the US, Europeans, Russia and Japan -- because they were defenseless in preventing it, (and now), China will defend every "inch" of Chinese land, sea, or air, and the Chinese people? --- (ONE INCH?).

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 07, 2014 8:48 PM
@sebastin, answer me, why mainland and democratic Taiwan have identical claims on South China Sea? Why they both use the nine dash line to define their sea border?
Do you think the communist brainwashed the democratic Taiwan into it? Lol

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by: Sebastian Florenda from: Chicago
June 07, 2014 8:53 AM
Your claim of a motherland is bogus based in your imagined borders. Your ridiculous claim of the whole China Sea has no legitimate proof except saying it was "given to you by your ancestors". What a joke! what a childish claim! what an infantile reasoning! You will never ever get international respect with shallow baseless arguments like that. You get away with those things only inside China but you can't fool the rest of the world.

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