Fan Jishe Professor, the Central Party School of Communist Party of China
Jun 09, 2020
China did not take the route of the United States and Soviet Union in the Cold War era but held to a rational, reasonable policy. Barring some major international shift, it’s a posture that’s not likely to change soon.
Zhao Tong Fellow, Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
May 19, 2020
A popular view in China is that more nuclear weapons would garner respect from the international community. But it may only inspire fear, which would be counterproductive.
Mar 04, 2019
China's defence spending increase will be 'reasonable and appropriate.'
James H. Nolt Adjunct Professor at New York University
Mar 21, 2018
Recently China announced an 8.1% rise in military spending for its 2018 budget. This is the largest increase in several years, but it represents continuity rather than signaling any ominous portent.
Li Ruogu Vice President,China Foundation for Peace and Development
Mar 16, 2018
Fears of a “China threat” are unfounded.
Mar 05, 2018
China eyes a 8.1 percent boost in its defense budget this year.
Fernando Menéndez Analyst
Aug 24, 2017
Not possessing so much as an aircraft carrier, it was long believed that China had no intention and, more importantly, no capacity for projecting power abroad. As China becomes a global player, it is logical that Chinese military capacity be expanded to meet its obligations and interests abroad. China has already used its naval forces to protect economic interests in Africa and the Middle East.
Ma Shikun Senior Journalist, the People’s Daily
Mar 17, 2017
The nation’s military spending is lower than the world’s average, and far below the US defense budget. China has no appetite for external expansion for an arms race, but for the sake of its own safety, it should properly increase the spending on defense as the national economy grows.
Richard Weitz Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Mar 15, 2017
Despite China’s economic slowdown, the Chinese government has plans under its "Made in China 2025" program to spend $300 billion by 2025 to become self-sufficient in critical technologies and strategic emerging industries. U.S. unease at the size and opaqueness of China’s large military buildup are well-known. The latest developments will likely lead the Trump administration to continue efforts to reduce Russian defense technology transfers to China, sustain the EU arms embargo on China, and make U.S. weapons and other U.S. exports more competitive in global markets.
Zhou Bo Honorary Fellow, PLA Academy of Military Science
Apr 05, 2016
The budget shows that Beijing views the region with optimism, as defense expenditure is the best indicator of a country’s security assessment. China’s lower budget reflects her belief that in spite of the spread of terrorism, exodus of refugees, tension on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea, the world is not in a state of disorder.