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Jakarta Post

Chinese military spending a concern

  • Angel Damayanti

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 12 2012   /  08:00 am

The Chinese government has just announced its plan to boost defense spending by 11.2 percent this year (The Jakarta Post, March 4). China may be reacting to the increasing US military presence in Asia-Pacific region, particularly after President Barack Obama last November revealed a plan to establish a new Marine Corps base in the Northern Territory of Australia, to be manned by 2,500 troops.

Despite a reduction in spending growth from previous years, which saw increases of 11.7 — 20.3 percent, according to China’s National Defense White Paper for 1998–2010 annually except for in 2009, Chinese defense expenditure will arguably provoke varying perceptions from nations in the Asia-Pacific region, primarily one of a perceived threat.

This is not to mention the suspicion that exists in the minds of many observers, who have questioned China’s transparency and believe mi...