China verhoogt defensie-uitgaven met 6,6%, laagste percentage in jaren
May 22, 2020 - China’s defensie-uitgaven over 2020 worden met 6,6 procent verhoogd tot 1,3 biljoen yuan ($180 miljard), het laagste groeipercentage in jaren, nu het een economische crisis ten gevolge van de corona-uitbraak moet bestrijden.
The figure is down from the double-digit percentage increases of just a few years ago that have given China the second biggest defence budget in the world behind the United States.
The People’s Liberation Army, the ruling Communist Party’s military wing, is the world’s largest standing military and in recent years has added aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines and stealth fighters to its arsenal, most of them produced domestically.
China says the increases in spending mostly go toward improving conditions for troops, while foreign analysts say actual spending could be much higher because many items are not included in the official budget.
Defence outlays rose by 7.5 percent last year to 1.2 trillion yuan ($178 billion), while independent experts estimated real spending on the military exceeded $220 billion when off-budget expenses were added in.
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