China’s military budget jumps 14%
However, a spokesman for the Chinese parliament said much of the rise
be to cover fuel and salaries and that China was a “peace-loving
Jiang Enzhu said the US spent a greater proportion of its economy on
and that China had “no intention of vigorously developing armaments”.
The US has several times accused China of understating its military
China’s armed forces are the biggest in the world and have seen
increases in military spending since the early 1990s.
China is committed to a path of peaceful development
Chinese parliament spokesman
The increases have caused concern for neighbours Japan and Taiwan.
The US has also expressed fears over the spending on the 2.5m-strong
Washington has several times accused China of understating its military
It said last year’s spend was not the $30bn stated but closer to $90bn.
China insists its spending is in line with rises in other governments.
Mr Jiang said: “China’s defence budget has risen in recent years along
the development of its economy.
“But the proportion of the budget given over to defence spending is
same as in past years.”
China also says its military spending is dwarfed by the US. The US
department of defence had a base budget of $400bn in 2005.
Mr Jiang said China’s increases would go on salaries, new equipment,
training and higher fuel costs.
He added: “I wish to emphasise that China is a peace-loving nation.
committed to a path of peaceful development.”
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Published: 2006/03/04 07:50:44 GMT