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A new high-tech military for China
Description: Unease over China's growing military might deepened last Sunday when Beijing announced the largest spike in military spending in five years, two months after successfully testing its first anti-satellite missile. Of the 18 per cent increase, the larg
Date: 18 March 2007
Author: Nancy MacDonald
Source: Maclean's
Unease over China's growing military might deepened last Sunday when Beijing announced the largest spike in military spending in five years, two months after successfully testing its first anti-satellite missile. Of the 18 per cent increase, the largest portion will go toward manpower expenses: increasing the professionalization of the 2.3-million strong People's Liberation Army, and making the military competitive with the civilian sector for top talents, says James Mulvenon, of the Washington-based Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis. But a significant portion of the US$45-billion budget will be spent on modernization, says Chen Li, a China scholar with the Brookings Institution; until Beijing began reforming its massive military in the mid-1990s, it was considered a low-quality, rather primitive fighting force.

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