China Increases Military Budget By 12.2 Percent04:56

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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.


This segment aired on March 5, 2014.

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