08 Mar '11, 12pm

Chinese military growing fast but concerns 'regional' - Straits Times #china

Chinese military growing fast but concerns 'regional' - Straits Times #china

China's military shows off their latest missiles during the National Day in Beijing. China is building its military capability at a rapid pace despite the global financial crisis. -- PHOTO: AFP LONDON - CHINA is building its military capability at a rapid pace despite the global financial crisis but it remains a 'regional power with regional concerns", think tank IISS said in its annual report on Tuesday. The International Institute for Strategic Studies said that the 7.5 per cent growth in the Chinese defence budget in 2010 was greater than most countries and 'continued to provoke concern'. However, it said China's primary focus was regional, pointing to the status of Taiwan and disputes in the East and South China Seas as Beijing's overriding concerns. 'By and large, China remains a regional power with regional concerns, as demonstrated in 2010 by a series of exercises, ...

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