China eyes build up

Regional concerns over potential military build up.

Asia starts to worry as China aims for ‘world-class army’

Ludovic Ehret

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge to build a “world-class army” by 2050 is making his neighbours nervous, but analysts say Beijing’s military ambitions do not constitute a strategic threat — for now.

With purchases and construction of fighter jets, ships and hi-tech weaponry, China’s military budget has grown steadily for 30 years, but remains three times smaller than that of the United States.

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