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Progressive Policy Institute - Progressive Fix
March 5, 2010
The Dragon's Dilemma: A Closer Look at China's Defense Budget and Priorities


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Steven Chlapecka
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The Dragon's Dilemma: A Closer Look at China's Defense Budget and Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C.--China's official military budget released yesterday at the National People's Congress convention will only expand military spending by 7.5 percent, the lowest increase in 10 years. But the official numbers only tell part of the story, according to Michael Chase, an associate professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the U.S. Naval War College, in "The Dragon's Dilemma: A Closer Look at China's Defense Budget and Priorities."

In the new memo released by the Progressive Policy Institute, Chase examines China's political and military goals influencing the budget, the constraints facing People's Liberation Army and the outlook and implications for China and the world.

"The true level of China's current defense budget is difficult to calculate, largely because some items are not reflected in the announced defense budget," writes Chase. "Consequently, outside estimates range from about one-and-a-half to three times the official budget figure."

Download the full policy report here.

The author argues a modern and larger Chinese military may be cause for increased global concern, but the military expansion may also create new opportunities for further U.S.-China partnership on issues such as antipiracy and international humanitarian assistance.

Download the full policy report here.

The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century.  Through research, policy analysis and dialogue, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.

For more information or to speak with the author, contact Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931.

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