China Military Buildup “Boosted 12.2%”

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The Chinese government has revealed it will boost its military spending by 12.2% in 2014, the 4th year running spending has increased and well above the 7.5% GDP growth target for the year – calling the increase “moderate, and limited in scale” and saying it will help “make more contributions to world peace.”

In dollars the 2014 total now stands at some 132 billion. In 2013 China’s military spending “only” increased 10.7%, whilst in 2012 it increased 11.2% and in 2011 went up by 12.7%.

Just how accurate the figures are has long been open to question, given the state of China’s official statistics, its propensity for unreported spending and the vast business interests maintained by the military.

State media is careful to present the increases as necessary for such innocent purposes as “modernisation” and “peacekeeping operations,” although international attention has generally been focused on its antics in Japan’s disputed border territories.

A naval buildup is believed to be the main immediate priority for China, with its long public designs on Taiwan and more recent claims on the Senkaku islands increasingly being joined by calls for Okinawa’s “return” by more extreme military hawks.

Meanwhile Japan has announced spending increases to its pathetic military budget ($47.5 billion at present) of 0.8%, whilst Obama supposedly intends to at least cut the rate of growth of the USA’s gargantuan war machine, currently at a paltry $527 billion.

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    Avatar of Noodlestein
    Comment by Noodlestein
    00:06 06/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Holy crap 'Murika, Calm the fuck down with that spending will ya?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, what, they're going from spending $200 USD a year to $224.20 USD?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really fair to compare those statistics, because "Military spending" includes a ton of other stuff, including things like DARPA, which is basically the government funded research.

    And not all of that is military research (from personal experience), unless the military really gets off on using things like hydrogels or combating atherosclerosis. : )

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Your spit contributes to the rising ocean levels... on second though, not really.

    How much of 'Murica's military spending goes to combating atherosclerosis?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    most of it, thats why it aint cured yet

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:24 06/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It can't be helped, since Japanese do not want to dispute the Diaoyu (west senkaku) and American is helping too much.

    China's army is not that modern. Not to mention that their troops are rotten and not too well prepared for war. With the increase of spending, they are still way inferior to the alliance of JP+US. The only chance they have is not to build those expensive and useless carriers, but to develop more sophisticating missiles so the opponents have to think carefully first.

    Those aren't that expensive.

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    Comment by Black Mage
    13:13 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ballistic missiles such as the anti carrier missile are almost useless the interception technology has gotten pretty good.

    But then having them intercept the missiles and then destroy the launch sites would make a good diversion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    seems like you don't know history

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "China's army is not that modern. Not to mention that their troops are rotten and not too well prepared for war."

    Are you referring to China's military from 50 years ago?

    That was what 'Murika thought before it fought the Korean War.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 10/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I visited a so-called modern Chinese navy some years before and talked to some low-ranks.

    Compare to the well trained professional army that we have, the Chinese has inferior complex and they only have a mindset of getting a better economic situations. The high ranks are sometimes very corrupted. With people like that, they can't win any battle.

    They may not be able to win a military conflict against Japanese, and with American on Japanese's side and have all kind of military trade restrictions, they really need to reorganize their army. Though I personally think carriers are a waste of money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 12/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very true. You don't even touch on the fact that their equipment is at best 3rd rate Soviet knockoffs with the occasional failed attempt at stealing American technology.

    Add to the fact that with all the spending on hardware they've only scratched the surface on the OTHER side of the equation----training.

    Speaking of training, when 100% of your instructors have never seen actual combat then it's the blind leading the blind.

    PRC Military = Cannon Fodder.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your last statement implies that things would even be remotely similar if the U.S.A. and China were to get involved in another conflict; a statement that would be hilariously wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    there's a report recently about China's growing military personnel gaining weight.If that happens, it'll be called The Battle of the Bulges.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Gotta love the hate at the US,and our base from Japan. Yet when China starts saber rattling then it's all JP+US is the shit!

    2faced much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:55 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "2faced much"

    It's called doublethink, comrade

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:55 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like good 'ol classic trollin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Library nerd, meet facebook tween.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The senkaku islands are the Japanese's. They have been in control of them for over 100 years. It's time for China to get over it.

    Should the US give back Hawaii?
    Should the Ukraine go back to Russia?

    It's just stupid. After 100 years, you have no right to claim something as your own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:43 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    in your logic: so if you stole something long enough its yours?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Might = right, justification is an afterthought. China wants these islands, and they will get it, the history is just icing on the cake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That statement came right out of CnC Generals, general Tao.
    Take that logic back to video games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is not like China or Taiwan haven't claimed the islands. US just handed over to Japan and didn't give a crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    US should leave the Japs to the Chinese. Screw the "alliance."

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    When the US "handed" those islands to Japan they were a bunch of worthless rocks sticking out of the ocean. Even China didn't give a crap at the time.

    Fast forward a few decades, someone says "Hey look, there's oil / gas down there" and all of a sudden the Senkaku Islands suddenly become a point of Chinese national pride.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 05/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    oh great,now their citizens will die slowly of toxic air and they don't even care. hooray....(sigh)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They will become Helgan!

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    Comment by Black Mage
    13:10 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well better get the mass drivers built and mounted to the star ships vs fight them on their planets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably some diabolical government plan to keep the huge population under control....by slowly killing off the citizens >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "calling the increase “moderate, and limited in scale” and saying it will help “make more contributions to world peace.”

    Yeah, the German rearmament in the 30's certain did contribute to permanent world peace, didn't it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't anschluss Japan yet.

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    Comment by Black Mage
    13:09 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reason number four as to why free trade with China was a very bad idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    not really since by doing that china's economy became a bubble that's hellishly dependent on selling goods to the US...once the US stops trading with them, watch as china fall back to 3rd world country status

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    'Muricans think they own the world, don't they? Export to US is less than 5% of China's GDP. 5% of the Chinese economy is still a lot of money, but cheap products sell well everywhere. If you embargo China, 4.9 of the 5% will still be sold, to someone else. The only thing you will break is Walmart.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except for the fact that 90% of that GDP is funded by the Chinese buying up recycled Steel from the US to build "Ghost Cities" in the middle of no where that not one single citizen of China can afford to live in anyways. Dont play dumb China's GDP is a farce. Not only that, but the American Economy DOES own the world. The US Economy slipped into a Recession due to banks loaning money to people who couldnt afford to pay the loan back.

    So our housing market tanked our Economy and the rest of the world suffered. China suffered the worst. Literally everything Americans buy is from china. We stop buying your sweat shop goods and the country will slowly die from the inside out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    surely they arent just stocking up on dragon dildos?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everything spend on war and armies is wasted money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's why US is the strongest country. you fail at life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is a surprising amount of pessimism and downvoting on comments stating Japan should hold their ground and not grovel to that other country.

    There is also an unusual amount of Pro That-Country comments and banter. No downvotings or challenging given.

    Such a strange development, from this site's userbase. Never thought this site would turn out like this.

    Then suddenly the porn is threatened and everyone jumps to the edge of their seats ready to fight tooth and nail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    knowing china, the 12 in that 12.2% will go to the politicians' pockets anyway

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would bang 24/7/365.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't a big deal. If China goes to war with anybody, the citizens will revolt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you fucking crazy? Chinees have been doing only what their government tells them to do for the past 100 years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's been watching too much Code Geass R2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ha ha ha! Good one, I really like the obviously thick piled on sarcasm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 05/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't wonder about them boosting it, their militairy equipment always is faster destroyed than made.

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    Comment by Primus de Pedos
    21:32 05/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is probably going to be on their own now considering that USA didn't do jack shit to Ukraine when Russia started their occupation.

    China will probably follow Russia's example and USA will just sit elsewhere doing nothing but writing "strongly worded letters."

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 05/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    aside from senkaku there is also Nansha(spratly islands) where china is making claims on with other countries

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 05/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's between countries noone has ever heard of (after the 70's).

    Comment by Anonymous

    US government knew but they turned their eyes away just like what they did to Poland in the 30's. They let the devil grown fangs and bite back.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 05/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only thing I care about who is that girl sitting on the carrier? Is it from anime/manga or just random drawing of a girl?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 06/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe its "must have shipped at least 2 AAA titles"





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