At arm’s length

“The gap in capabilities with the US is enormous, but China’s military development and construction will continue in keeping with our need to defend our national sovereignty and security”


Fu Ying, spokesperson for China’s National People’s Congress, comments on the announcement that Chinese defence spending will rise about 7% this year. She added that this equated to 1.3% of projected 2017 GDP, which is lower than the 3.3% of GDP spent by the US in 2015 on defence.

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