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China announced today that it would increase its military budget for 2014 to almost $132 billion, a 12.2 percent rise over last year.

The rapid growth in defense spending is another sign of the country’s goal of becoming a dominant military presence in the Pacific.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss the regional and global concerns surrounding China’s growing military assertiveness and what this growth might mean for China's response to the Ukraine crisis.

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This segment aired on March 5, 2014.

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