China aumenta despesa de defesa em 6,.6%, o mais baixo em anos
May 22, 2020 -
A despesa de defesa da China em 2020 aumenta 6,6 por cento para
1,3 biliões de yuan ($180.000m), o mais baixo crescimento em anos
quando enfrenta uma crise económica causada pelo surto de coronavírus.
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.