Experts said China’s military spending should not be lower than the world average level speculation
stationed at an elevation of 4,700 meters Zhuola post as drinking water officers and men of snow every day to save expenses incurred
PLA garrison troops in Nansha tall houses Source : Sina
Zhongguang Wang, Beijing, June 11 (correspondent Zhen-Xi), Sweden Stockholm International Peace Research Institute recently released report shows that in 2009, compared with total global military spending rose 5.9% in 2008. The report also shows that China’s military spending ranks second in the world. The report also said China’s military to solve drinking water problems, stationed at an elevation of 4,700 meters Zhuola post officers and men of superior protection on the basis of mineral water, water down the mountain every day, save for the expenses incurred, the higher the data is objective truth? In the case of the financial crisis last year, global military spending increased rather than decreased and why? This issue, the reporter interviewed the National Defense University military expert Li Li.
military not because of economic changes and adjustments
Correspondents: 2009 global financial crisis hit, to reduce budget deficits, governments have to cut public spending. However, the proportion of global military spending has not diminished but rather continue to soar, this is why?
Li Li: not only the world’s military spending is increasing, in fact, the global arms trade is also increasing. These two basic facts tell us a basic truth: the economic crisis, war is often the bridesmaid. Especially in certain high-level leaders, national leaders, sometimes they think the war is simply to solve the economic crisis of medicine. Therefore, we can see, often the financial crisis, the global arms expenditure, the arms trade will increase. It would appear that it is only normal thing. And now in the global context, many countries in fact the military expenditure as a long-term strategic choice. Since it is a strategic choice, certainly not because of financial difficulties, it added less, the economy is good, and it additional and more. It is a long-term to focus on military construction, concerned about the weapons and equipment, so I think this whole world and the current pursuit of military power is associated.
rising costs for the U.S. military continues to dominate the world
Reporters: The report notes that in 2009 the largest military spending country is still the United States, total global military spending 43% of the total, compared with 2008 increased by $ 54 billion. Thus, although the U.S. military to reduce the number of weapons of mass destruction, but military spending is still rising.
Li Li: I think there is, probably very important U.S. military spending is currently facing two fronts, the Afghan war spending 65 billion, $ 61 billion Iraq war, both on the battlefield accounted for one-fifth of U.S. defense spending, which is a big head. The second bulk of sophisticated weapons the U.S. military spending, such as the F-35 investment, investment in UAV. The battlefield in Afghanistan and Iraq, UAVs expenses cheaper than manned aircraft. At the same time, as he is now a large number of trials of high-end weapons programs, for example, X51A, X37B, including X43, X47, this series is the development of hypersonic weapons program, it is obviously expensive. Then the third block, in fact, the entire current U.S. military personnel allowances, and various expenses.
China’s military spending is lower than the world average
Reporters: The report shows that in 2009 China’s military spending is about $ 70.2 billion, ranking second in the world , after the United States.
Li Li: I think we first need to think about is that this ranking comes from the Swedish Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, although it is a regularly published agency, but we can not say it is absolutely objective and absolutely impartial , absolutely fully reflect the fact that such a basic, not what it is to calculate the angle. We should be concerned about the second phenomenon is that the entire Internet for the U.S. military surge in small talk, but it is the “China’s military second,” a title you can see, I think this is clearly not a normal situation . Then the third then, step back in terms, even admitted that “China’s military second,” the fact that it has a per capita defense expenditure in question. Defense spending per capita defense spending is a measure of a country neutral and objective criteria. China’s land area more than 9.6 million square kilometers, while Japan only 37 million square kilometers, but precisely in its defense spending and the difference is not far away; plus taking into account the relative value, that is, military spending accounted for a percentage of GDP, such as the United States also accounted for more than 4%, France, Britain, Russia accounted for more than 2%, 3% of world average level, China’s defense spending while we actually only 1.4 percent of GDP. So I think that this data should not be a speculation.