Increase In Military Spending Makes China’s Neighbor’s Uneasy

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Today 3,000 delegates of the Chinese parliament are meeting in Beijing for annual meetings, and among the topics of discussion is a 10 percent rise in spending in China’s military budget.

Officials say the military is playing catch-up, and the country needs to invest in more air and naval forces, as well as more advanced technology.

Anthony Kuhn, NPR's correspondent in Beijing, speaks with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about the increase in military spending, why it concerns other countries and why it may actually help curb ongoing corruption among high-ranking members of the military.


  • Anthony Kuhn, international correspondent for NPR, based in Beijing.

This segment aired on March 5, 2015.


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