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April 15, 2014
China's booming military spending belies caution
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2014
With the world's biggest military, China far outnumbers rival Japan in manpower, ships, aircraft and defence spending, but analysts say underlying weaknesses leave it still wary of a fight. The two Asian powers are embroiled in simmering territorial and historical rows, with the tensions highlighted this week in consecutive visits to each by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Beijing's latest double-digit rise in its defence budget, announced last month, will only increase its numerical superiori ... read more

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