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LONDON: China has emerged as world's second biggest weapons purchaser after the US as the global military spending touched a new high in 2008, in Afghanistan and Iraq and combat against terrorism.
China increased its arms spending by 10% to an estimated USD 83.9 billion last year as Beijing commenced building of new range of highly sophisticated nuclear submarines, stealth warships, new generation of fighter planes and weaponry to fight "Informationalized warfare", according to a leading Swedish peace research group.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
China cannot project power. They have Russia on one border, India on another, and the US in the Pacific RIM. They will very much be contained, to a degree. Despite their best efforts to expand in the Pacific to the Second Island Chain, despite their effort sin Africa and Latin America and their String of Pearls strategy for South East Asia and the Indian Ocean.